Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Keith Thurman retained his WBA world welterweight title Saturday night at the USF Sun Dome when Luis Collazo suffered a terrible cut over his right eye in the seventh round, and was unable to continue as blood poured from the cut after the round. Collazo, who hurt Thurman with a devastating body shot in the fifth round, was asked if he wanted to continue between rounds.
But the gritty veteran, claimed he could not see out of the eye, so the contest was halted as Thurman improved to 26-0, 22ko’s and scored the technical knockout.
When referee Telis Assimenios stopped the fight — Thurman led 69-64, 69-64 and 68-65 on all three scorecards.
Thurman, who retained his 147-pound belt for the second time, promptly called out pound-for-pound king and recognized welterweight world champion Floyd Mayweather, who is looking for a Sept. 12 opponent for what he has repeatedly said will be the final fight of his unbeaten and illustrious career.
“I’m a young, strong champion, Floyd. Come get it,” Thurman said. “I’m undefeated like you, baby. Come take my 0 baby! Come take my 0! I’m ready. I’m ready.”
Collazo (36-7, 19 KOs), a 34-year-old southpaw from Brooklyn, New York has now dropped two out of his last three.