Jose Benavidez Injured, Fight Against Luis Collazo Postponed

Jose Benavidez has suffered a leg injury which postponed his upcoming fight against Luis Collazo.

Both men were set to fight on August 17 as part of an ESPN doubleheader from the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. The other fight on the card, a WBO super bantamweight title fight between Emanuel Navarrete and Francisco De Vaca, will move on as the main event.

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According to an ESPN report, the fight will be moved to October and Collazo will resume training in Puerto Rico while Benavidez nurses his injured right leg, where he was shot in 2016.

The fight between Benavidez and Collazo had been one in the works for a couple of months with both looking to re-enter the welterweight title picture. Benavidez once held the interim WBA junior welterweight titleholder from 2014 to 2015 and had his first shot at a full world title in his last fight back in October against Terence Crawford. Benavidez was stopped by Crawford in the 12th round to retain the WBO welterweight title.

Collazo was a candidate to face Crawford last April and at one point was considered one of the favorites to land the title fight. Crawford ended up fighting Amir Khan on pay-per-view while Collazo would end up winning a split decision against Samuel Vargas on a Top Rank card at Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick's Day. Collazo held the WBA welterweight title from 2005 to 2006 and has won his last three fights.

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