Former world champions Victor Ortiz and Luis Collazo have both reported excellent training camps ahead of their 10 round non title bout at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York this Thursday(Jan 31). The pair worked out at Gleasons Gym earlier today and both promised to put on an impressive showing for the fans.
Speaking about his preparations the broken jaw he suffered during his ninth round retirement defeat to Josesito Lopez in June 2012 and the long lay off Ortiz said: "We’re so ready, we’ve had the best sparring partners and we’re ready to get in the ring. Training camp was really good.
[On experiencing "ring rust"] "Absolutely not, I’m completely 100 percent confident. I have no ring rust whatsoever.
"I’m not at all concerned about my jaw, I feel great and I can’t wait to get in the ring.
"This is my first time fighting in Brooklyn and I’m excited. I don’t have any words to say, nothing bad, nothing good. I’m here for the victory."
Collazo reported he is as ready as he will ever be and knows he is fighting for his boxing future.
"I’m really excited and humbled by the opportunity. I just want to give the boxing fans a great fight and a great outing. I’ve been waiting a long time for a fight of this caliber,” said Collazo.
Speaking about Ortiz’s strategy, Collazo added: "He can do what he wants, but I know on fight night I will be ready. If he wants to dance, I’ll be the bull.
"This fight is for my future. I’m trying not to look past it, but this victory here means everything to me. It means I have a future. If not, I have to start all over again from scratch.
"Preparation has been great. I’ve got a great team. We’re just getting stronger and feeling great.
"I’ve been counting down for weeks waiting patiently for this. I was motivated before getting this fight, but this has escalated my motivation.
Commenting on supporting the Nephcure Foundation, Collazo concluded: "As a fighter, we fight to give the fans entertainment. To be a champion fighting for your life, you have to be champion in your heart."
January 28, 2014