Luis Collazo appeared to have quit on the stool after a cut opened over his right eye in the 7th round. At the beginning of the 8th, Collazo told the referee he couldn’t see, and the fight was subsequently waved off the fight, handing Thurman the victory.
Collazo had some momentum when a body shot in the 5th round seemed to knock some life out of Thurman. He was visibly shaken and some dancing around the ring allowed him to escape the round. Yet when the bell rang again, it looked like Collazo could get something going against Thurman.
The 6th round proved to be Collazo’s undoing. He looked as though he was dominating the round, until Thurman showed some signs of life toward the end of the round. Thurman was able to pay some attention to Collazo’s eye. The blood started streaming in the 7th round, and there was no recovery according to Collazo. Many people disagreed that Collazo couldn’t continue, but that’s left up to debate.
After the fight, Thurman took his shot and called out Floyd Mayweather.
“I’m a young, strong champion, Floyd. Come get it. I’m undefeated like you, baby. Come take my 0, baby. Come take my 0.”
However, Thurman’s subpar performance against Collazo may not get him a look at Mayweather. Thurman’s inability to dominate Collazo won’t weigh in his favor. If the fight had gone to decision, it is likely that Thurman would be the unanimous winner.