Luis Collazo wins, Paddy Barnes suffers shock defeat to veteran

📷 Mikey Williams

Brooklyn native and former welterweight world champion Luis Collazo kept his championship hopes alive with a split decision over Samuel Vargas (30-5-2, 14 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight brawl.

The judges scored the bout as followed: 96-94 Collazo, 96-94 Vargas, and 98-92 Collazo.

The 37-year-old Collazo (39-7, 20 KOs) battled Vargas in what was a phone booth fight, with little separating the two combatants.

Collazo has won three in a row since challenging Keith Thurman for the welterweight title in 2015.

Collazo landed nearly 50 percent of his power shots, while Vargas landed 190 of 753 total punches.

“As a fighter, we always want to fight for a world title. I want to be a world champion again,” Collazo said.

“I still got the desire. I still got the fire. And I would like to fight the top guys in the welterweight division. They know who they are. I called them out before. It just hasn’t happened.”


Veteran Oscar Mojica (12-5-1, 1 KOs) scored, by far, the biggest win of his career, defeating three-time Irish Olympian Paddy Barnes (5-2, 1 KO) via six-round split decision in a bantamweight bout.

Mojica knocked Barnes to the canvas with a body shot in the second round, but the referee did not rule it a knockdown.

Barnes, who suffered a broken nose in the opening round, never could get on track.

“It was really important for me {to hurt him with that body shot}, even though they didn’t count it as a knockdown. It gave me confidence,” Mojica said.

“I knew I could hurt him throughout the other rounds. I got a little away from my game plan, but I stayed sharp for the most part. I deserved to win. If I win here in New York, Madison Square Garden, St. Patrick’s Day, and I came out with the win, it was because I deserved it.

“I give the most credit to Paddy Barnes. He’s a great fighter, ex-Olympian. He had an amazing career.”

Said Barnes: “In the first round, he broke my nose. And to be honest, I don’t know how the judges scored it close because I thought he won every round.”

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Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas (13-1, 8 KOs) extended his winning streak to seven with an eight-round unanimous decision over the durable Adriano Ramirez (10-3, 6 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight fight.

Vargas, who hails from the Bronx, won via shutout on all three judges’ cards.

“I put on a great eight-round performance, the first time I went eight rounds as a pro,” Vargas said.

“I was happy to see my family and friends support me. I’ll be back soon to put on another show.”

Joseph “Blessed” Hands Adorno (12-0, 10 KOs) passed the stiffest test of his career, notching a unanimous decision against Victor Rosas (10-9, 4 KOs) in a six-round lightweight contest.

All three judges scored the fight 58-54 for Adorno, who scored a knockdown in the fifth round.”I felt a little bit weird inside the ring tonight. I don’t want to give any excuses, but I think the weight cut affected me,” Adorno said.

“I’m thinking of maybe moving up in weight to the lightweight division. For some reason, I couldn’t let my hands go. I couldn’t get my rhythm going. I also didn’t listen to the instructions of my corner very much, but we got the job done. This was a learning experience. We got the win. On to the next one.”

Top 140-pound prospect John “El Terrible” Bauza (12-0, 5 KOs) cruised to a shutout six-round unanimous decision over Ricardo Maldonado (8-9-1, 1 KO) by identical scores of 60-54.

It was the Top Rank debut for Bauza, who was born in Puerto Rico.

Super lightweight prospect Lee Reeves improved to 3-0 with a unanimous decision over Eduardo Torres (1-2, 0 KOs).

All three judges scored the four-rounder 40-36.