Photos: Luis Collazo Edges Samuel Vargas in Rough Fight

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New York City, New York – 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. (photos by Mikey Williams).

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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 battle, with little separating the two combatants.

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

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

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.

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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.

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.

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