Oscar Collazo Faces New Opponent Yudel Reyes In WBO
Minimumweight World Title Eliminator Jan. 28
Golden Boy announced a slew of undercard fights today,
completing a stacked card for the first boxing event to be
held at YouTube Theater in Inglewood on January 28. Doors to
the venue will open at 3:00 p.m. PST, and the worldwide
broadcast on DAZN begins at 5:00 p.m. PST/ 8:00 p.m. EST.
“Golden Boy is going to make a statement in 2023,” said
Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya.
“Fans will be pleased to see that we’re starting the year on
a fever pitch with a phenomenal card featuring potential
world champions and some burgeoning stars I have personally
discovered and stewarded - including main and co-main events
Alexis Rocha and Floyd Schofield - in the state-of-the-art
The main event features Santa Ana’s Alexis “Lex” Rocha
(21-1, 13 KOs) who is scheduled to defend his NABO
Welterweight Title against Atlantic City, New Jersey’s
Anthony “Juice” Young (24-2, 8 KOs) in a 12-round fight
presented in association with Hard Hitting Promotions. Rocha
is currently ranked No. 4 by the WBO, and will be positioned
for a world championship eliminator fight if he wins. In
chief support, Austin, Texas’s Floyd “Kid Austin” Schofield
(12-0, 10 KOs) will participate in a 10-round match against
Humacao, Puerto Rico’s Alberto Mercado (17-4-1, 4 KOs) for
the vacant WBA International Lightweight Title which is
presented in association with Davies Entertainment.
On hot pursuit to make history in the minimumweight
division, Oscar “El Pupilo” Collazo (5-0, 3 KOs) of Villalba,
Puerto Rico will face a new opponent from Monterrey, México,
Yudel “El Guerrerito” Reyes (15-1, 5 KOs). Presented in
association with Cotto Promotions, the classic Puerto Rico
vs. Mexico fight will be a surefire hit with fans.
Additionally, if Collazo secures the victory he will be
knocking the door of a world title opportunity and the
potential to make history as one of the fastest to become a
world champion in his division having only turned
professional in February 2020.
“We are disappointed with the news that our compatriot
Wilfredo Méndez won’t be able to fight me. In this sport
anything can happen. We wish him a speedy recovery and wish
him the best,” said Oscar Collazo. “I want to thank Miguel
Cotto Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions who have worked
very hard to ensure that the fight against Yudel Reyes
continues to be a world title eliminator fight. I also
greatly appreciate Paco Valcarcel from the WBO for the
support to make this fight possible.
“We know that the rivalry between Puerto Rico vs. Mexico is
exciting and without a doubt we will write another chapter.
I promise you, Yudel is not going to stop or get in the way
of me, I will be a champion and he will be one more test on
my way to the top. Expect the best of me on January 28,”
“We are very excited because we have been asking for an
important opportunity for some time and now it has been
given to us. We are set for big fights and Oscar Collazo is
a great challenge. I hope to put on a show for the fans that
day,” said Yudel Reyes.
Continues Reyes,“It feels good to be part of history like
Chávez was with Macho Camacho, or Salvador Sánchez with
Wilfredo Gómez, among others. We hope to give a great fight.
I have fought a Puerto Rican before, Atenea Santiago, and I
beat him to secure the NABO title. I hope to make history
against Collazo, we are not going to disappoint the public
and we are going to do our best for Mexico to get the
Opening up the DAZN broadcast, Indio’s Bektemir “Bully”
Melikuziev (10-1, 8 KOs) is scheduled to fight a 10-round
super middleweight match against San Diego’s Ulises Sierra
(17-2-2). In a six-round super lightweight fight, Los
Angeles fan favorite representing Mexicali, Mexico,
Alejandro “Pinpon” Reyes (9-0, 5 KOs) will go up against
Sedalia, Missouri’s Jose Zaragoza (9-6-1, 3 KOs).
In a four-round super bantamweight match, San Diego’s Adan
Palma (4-0, 4 KOs) will attempt to protect his prospect
knockout streak against Anaheim’s Pedro Salome (3-1-2, 1
KO). Opening up the night, Westminster, Colorado’s Danny
“Junebug” Garcia (3-0, 3 KOs) will fight in a four-round
super featherweight bout against Barranquilla, Colombia’s
Jonathan “Popeye” Perez (40-33, 32 KOs).