Eimantas Stanionis vs. Luis Collazo: pressure upon pressure


It’s a classic welterweight battle between undefeated contender Stanionis and former World Champion Collazo in a 147-pound main event this Saturday on FOX PBC Fight Night.

It’s time to bring in the next wave of welterweight contenders.

This Saturday August 7, live from The Armory in Minneapolis, undefeated welterweight contender Eimantas Stanionis (13-0, 9 KOs) faces his most difficult task yet in the form of the former world champion. wily Luis Collazo (39-8, 20 KOs) in a 10-round courage test.

The FOX PBC Fight Night card which will also air on Fox Deportes (8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT) also features an undefeated two-time Venezuelan Olympian and a rapidly rising welterweight contender. Gabriel Maestre vs tall and cunning southpaw Mykal fox for the interim WBA welterweight title.

Kicking off the show, former two-division world champion Devon Alexander will return to the ring for a 10-round welterweight showdown against Luke Santamaria.

The story

Eimantas Stanionis grew up on the streets in Kaunas, Lithuania. He found discipline and purpose in boxing, becoming a decorated amateur and representing his home country at the 2016 Olympics.

Since moving to California and turning pro in 2017, Stanionis has made a name for himself as a mature fighter beyond his years on the fast track to mainstage status.

2020 has become a watershed year for the prospect, with stopping wins over Justin DeLoach and Janer Gonzalez, as well as a unanimous decision victory over Thomas Dulorme.

Saturday’s fight with Collazo represents another step forward in Stanionis’ career rise.

21-year-old veteran and former world champion Luis Collazo has seen and done it all in the sport of boxing.

After sharing the ring with names like Ricky Hatton, Shane Mosley, Andre Berto, Victor Ortiz, Amir Khan and Keith Thurman – and giving them a hard time – the Brooklyn native is certainly not intimidated at the idea to meet an ambitious and undefeated rising star.

In recent years, Collazo has taken on the role of spoiler, seriously injuring a burning Thurman with a body blow in 2015, then winning victories over Sammy Vasquez, Bryant Perrella and Samuel Vargas from 2017-2019. In his last fight, he lost a controversial technical decision to Kudratillo Abdukakhorov in October 2019.

Challenges

For Stanionis, a victory on Saturday means another step forward into the elite of the deep and lucrative welterweight division. For Collazo, 40, beating this young lion puts him right back in the thick of it at 147 and, perhaps, earns him one more point for a world title.

The game

Stanionis, 26, is poised, stable and mature beyond his professional years. A stalker of instinct and purpose, he likes to come forward and put pressure on his opponents with balanced and measured aggressiveness. There is no movement wasted in the Olympian’s game and his vast experience in amateurs helps him maintain his cool demeanor in the ring.

Working behind a stiff jab thrown with conviction, both to the head and body, he has a solid assortment of punches. His best powerful shots, however, are a quick left hand and a quick right.

In defense, Stanionis keeps a high guard and shows a solid technique. He has yet to be knocked down as a pro.

Lithuania has never had a pro world champion, and I want to make history.
Undefeated welterweight contender – Eimantas Stanionis

Southpaw Collazo is a crafty professional who has forgotten more about boxing than most fighters ever learn. He fights at a smart, controlled pace and, at 40 with some mileage on him, chooses the placement of shots wisely. He’s also adept at using angles to maximize efficiency and minimize the need to expend energy.

Defensively, Collazo uses angles and his advanced IQ to stay out of harm’s way. In addition, he is proficient at rolling with punches.

The words

Eimantas Stanionis

“Collazo has faced the best guys, and he likes to fight fire with fire like me. I’m ready for an action-packed fight. I have to win and keep winning. I want to qualify for the world title. Lithuania a I’ve never had a professional world champion, and I want to make history. I have a great competition on Saturday and I want to show that I can compete with any of the best. “

Luis Collazo

“I can’t wait to be Saturday night. It’s been a long road, and I just can’t wait to get back in the ring and do what I do best on fight night. Right now, the only thing I can do ‘it’s on me, it’s age. Age doesn’t matter, though, when you fight and stay in the gym like I do. It’s what I do for a living … no excuse comes in this fight. “

The breakdown

It would be easy to characterize this fight as the young stud competitor against the grizzled veteran – youth and strength against cunning and craftsmanship. But things are not that simple here.

Stanionis is skillful, disciplined and astute in his own way. Collazo, meanwhile, may have gained a lot of cunning over the course of his career, but he’s still very strong and fast.

The youth versus cunning dynamic, however, can be a factor in how Collazo can deflect, defend, and generally cope with constant pressure from 14-year-old Stanionis. The Lithuanian is not a rabid beast chasing his opponents, but he exerts pressure that tests the conditioning and resolve of the opposition. It will be interesting to see if the seasoned combat veteran can neutralize the young fighter’s leading style and sow doubt in his mind.

As a savvy southpaw with good control of angles, Collazo has the ability to be present without being in danger. A four-inch reach advantage will also help, at least in theory, keep the fight at a comfortable distance.

Stanionis, however, is not your average pressure fighter. He has skills and patience that make it doubtful that his game can be overturned by cunning and cunning. So far he has been quite unruffled in the ring, showing no signs of being thrown off the course by some old-fashioned boxing technique or sleight of hand.

Stanionis vs. Collazo will be an intriguing clash of styles and skills that will test the courage of both fighters. Does Stanionis have what it takes to climb into the elite class of the welterweight division? Does Collazo have what it takes to get back into the elite class of the welterweight division?

There will be answers to all questions on Saturday.

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