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Mosley to fight Collazo next month in Las Vegas

January 04, 2007|Lance Pugmire | Times Staff Writer

Pomona's "Sugar" Shane Mosley won't fight for another title when he returns to the ring Feb. 10, but he will meet a recent former champion: Luis Collazo.

Mosley's scheduled challenge of International Boxing Federation welterweight champion Kermit Cintron next month was canceled this week because of conflicts with promotional contracts Cintron had signed, a spokeswoman for Golden Boy Promotions said.

That cancellation led Mosley to former World Boxing Assn. welterweight champion Collazo (27-2, 13 knockouts), a 25-year-old left-hander from Brooklyn, N.Y., who lost his belt to England's Ricky Hatton in a close decision in May.

"Collazo showed he's a good boxer-puncher against Hatton, he's crafty," Mosley, 35, said by telephone from his training camp in Big Bear City.

The bout at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas will be televised by HBO.

Mosley (43-4, 37 KOs) last fought in July, defeating Fernando Vargas by technical knockout for the second time in 2006. The former lightweight and welterweight champion has said he wants a major fight this year, perhaps against Antonio Margarito.

lance.pugmire@latimes.com

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