Collazo vs Gutierrez Predictions: Join the ‘El Pupilo’ hype train before it’s too late

 | January 26 | 

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Boxing doesn’t get the ambassadors it wants, it gets the ambassadors it deserves. While the likes of Jake Paul, KSI and Astrid Wett make headlines on click-hungry aggregators across the web, a truly wonderful talent like WBO minimumweight champion Oscar Collazo toils in relative obscurity.

Collazo vs Gutierrez Tips

  • Collazo in rounds 7-9 @ 11/4

Even to the intermediate boxing aficionado, anything below bantamweight is a tough sell. Occasionally someone breaks through, but they usually have to have some other facet that makes them stand out to an impatient public. Is Sunny Edwards a household name because he is a former flyweight world champion or because his motor-mouthed charisma gets him onto timelines and into trouble?

Collazo isn’t a controversial social media firebrand or a prolific YouTube content creator. He is simply a boxer. It just so happens that he is an absolutely outstanding one.

If Collazo has escaped your notice, buried under the weight of Saudi mega-matches and Elle Brooke extravaganzas, you’re not alone. A YouTube highlights package of his August 2023 win over Eden Diagan has 65,000 views on DAZN’s channel. By contrast, a DAZN clip of Logan Paul and KSI hitting a punch machine has 11 million. 

But the good news is there is still time to get on board the Collazo train. The diminutive delight returns on Saturday to face 10-1 Reyneris Gutierrez of Nicaragua. The Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona will play host to his latest outing. The fight will serve as the chief support for John Ryder’s tough test against unbeaten former world champion Jaime Munguia. 

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Gutierrez’s credentials as a world title challenger sit somewhere between questionable and non-existent, it has to be said. He has never contested a scheduled 12-round fight and has boxed just three fighters with winning records. Those men had ledgers that read 15-14-3, 6-5-1 and 2-0. The owner of the latter record, Australia’s Alex Winwood, beat him by unanimous decision. That bout took place in his conqueror’s home country and remains the only time Gutierrez has fought outside of Nicaragua. 

Somehow that paltry record is enough to get Gutierrez in at number 10 in the WBO rankings, which makes him acceptable fodder for this title shot. In truth, this fight is likely to be an exhibition of Collazo’s talents. There is a clear gap in levels here, with Collazo having fought the same amount of world champions as Gutierrez has fighters with winning records (three).

Collazo is an all-rounder, adept on the outside flashing or thudding the jab, but a cultured closer of space too. We don’t know how Gutierrez takes a punch, with most of his fights being one-way traffic by design. But we know how he gives one, with just two knockouts from his 10 wins. Collazo has finished six of his eight opponents at a far higher level. 

I expect this to lead to a Collazo stoppage before the championship rounds can commence. Rounds 7-9 are my pick, which is listed at 11/4. Gutierrez won’t roll over, but he will be comprehensively outgunned by one of the most underrated talents in the sport today. Tune in and get on the Collazo hype train. This one is special.

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