Under The Radar Fight of The Week

Luis Collazo vs Bryant Perrella

On Saturday night’s Fox card featuring a way too late fight between Andre Berto and Devon Alexander, an interesting bout will take place before the main event.

Former WBA Welterweight Champion Luis Collazo (37-7, 20 KO’s) will square off against once beaten, former top rated prospect, Bryant Perrella (15-1,13 KO’s).

Luis Collazo was riding high after his thrilling knockout of Sammy Vasquez in February of 2017. However, It was short lived as injuries have sidelined him for the last 18 months. It’s just another detour in a career that has seen him fall short in five World Title attempts. At 37 years old, this could quite honestly be Collazo’s last run at another big fight and a little extra cash in the bank before hanging up the gloves.

Bryant Perrella was 14-0 and a highly thought of prospect before his team made the same mistake the majority of prospects do. They took a fight against a fighter because they saw a few losses on his record and they were over confident in their own fighter’s abilities. Perrella would get overwhelmed and stopped by Yordenis Ugas, ending his undefeated streak and invincibility.

What’s the importance of this fight for both fighters?

For Collazo it’s simple, one more loss and the phone stops ringing for high profiled fights and high paying checks. Especially if it’s a close loss and Collazo still looks like he has something left in the tank. No promoter or manager will be willing to risk their fighting taking a L when there are a 100 fish in sea their fighter can beat and look good in doing so.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE LATEST EPISODE OF THE BITE DOWN BOXING PODCAST WHERE HOST R.L. WOODSON FURTHER BREAKS DOWN LUIS COLLAZO VS. BRYANT PERRELLA, BEFORE BEING JOINED BY BOXERS JOSHUA “DON’T BLINK” GREER JR. AND MARIO “EL AZTECA” BARRIOS.

Collazo is in his NCAA basketball stage where it’s win and advance or lose and watch the rest of the field from home.
For Perrella, it’s a make or break fight for his career. Another loss, regardless of Collazo’s reputation, and Perrella becomes a stepping stone. Being a stepping stone fighter isn’t bad but it’s an uphill battle. You go from having a set date and a list of opponent to fighting on short notice against an A side fighter.

It’s win or go home for Perrella. A win resurrects his career while a loss sets him back five steps and in the boxing game, 5 steps is a long way away from the top – he can ask Collazo about it. For Collazo, it’s just another night at office, he’ll lace up his boots up and go to work. It could be his last shift in a great career or just another night on the clock. Either way, it’s a great fight for hardcore boxing fans who follow the sport of boxing and it’s a classic example of old dog vs new dog.

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