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Chris Colbert News
Plenty of boxing talk from both Colbert and Edwards, plus a whole lot more on this week's episode.
The undefeated two-time 168-pound world champion lights up Las Vegas on Saturday night with a career-best performance atop a stacked PBC event on SHOWTIME Psy-Per-VIew.
A thorough breakdown of Saturday night’s highly competitive supporting bouts in Las Vegas on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View.
Chris Colbert Fights
Win vs Jose Valenzuela 12-2-0
Mar 25, 2023 • MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV
Chris Colbert WINS against Jose Valenzuela by UD in Round 10 of 10
Loss vs Hector Luis Garcia 16-2-0
Feb 26, 2022 • The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Chris Colbert LOSES to Hector Luis Garcia by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Tugstsogt Nyambayar 12-2-1
Jul 03, 2021 • Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California
Chris Colbert WINS against Tugstsogt Nyambayar by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Jaime Arboleda 19-3-0
Dec 12, 2020 • Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
Chris Colbert WINS against Jaime Arboleda by TKO in Round 11 of 12
Win vs Jezzrel Corrales 23-3-0
Jan 18, 2020 • Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Chris Colbert WINS against Jezzrel Corrales by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Miguel Beltran Jr 33-7-0
Sep 21, 2019 • Rabobank Theater, Bakersfield, California, USA
Chris Colbert WINS against Miguel Beltran Jr by KO in Round 1 of 10
Win vs Alberto Mercado 16-2-1
Jun 23, 2019 • Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Chris Colbert WINS against Alberto Mercado by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Mario Briones 29-9-2
Apr 13, 2019 • Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Chris Colbert WINS against Mario Briones by TKO in Round 2 of 10
Win vs Josh Hernandez 8-1-0
Jan 26, 2019 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Chris Colbert WINS against Josh Hernandez by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Fatiou Fassinou 28-10-3
Sep 08, 2018 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Chris Colbert WINS against Fatiou Fassinou by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Austin Dulay 11-0-0
Apr 13, 2018 • Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Chris Colbert WINS against Austin Dulay by RTD in Round 7 of 8
Win vs Titus Williams 7-0-0
Nov 04, 2017 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Chris Colbert WINS against Titus Williams by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Wilfredo Garriga Casiano 3-4-1
Mar 17, 2017 • Santander Arena, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Chris Colbert WINS against Wilfredo Garriga Casiano by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Wilfredo Garriga 3-4-1
Mar 17, 2017 • Santander Arena, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Chris Colbert WINS against Wilfredo Garriga by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Antonio Dubose 8-0-1
Jun 28, 2016 • Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Chris Colbert WINS against Antonio Dubose by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Derrick Bivins 2-3-2
Dec 29, 2015 • Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Chris Colbert WINS against Derrick Bivins by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Jose A Carmona 1-1-0
Sep 22, 2015 • Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Chris Colbert WINS against Jose A Carmona by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Benjamin Burgos 2-11-1
Jun 27, 2015 • Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Chris Colbert WINS against Benjamin Burgos by TKO in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Marquis Pierce 1-5-0
May 29, 2015 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Chris Colbert WINS against Marquis Pierce by TKO in Round 2 of 4
Chris Colbert Bio
One of the Big Apple’s premier prospects, the flashy, multi-colored haired Chris Colbert has shown he's ready for "Primetime" as he seeks to establish himself as one of the game's best.
GROOMED FOR GREATNESS
The sixth-born of 10 children, Chris Colbert began boxing as a 13-year-old, becoming the No. 3-ranked 114-pounder, No. 1 at 123 pounds, later winning a National title in 2015 and earning an opportunity to qualify for the Olympics before turning pro at the age of 18.
Colbert’s skills were groomed at the Brooklyn-based Atlas Cops & Kids Boxing Gym, a mentoring center for neighborhood children. It is there Colbert met Mexican trainer and father-figure, Aureliano Sosa, the man who nicknamed him “Lil B-Hop” for skills analogous to Hall of Fame world champion Bernard Hopkins of Philadelphia.
Among the boxers featured in a 2017 Netflix documentary, CounterPunch, Colbert later became known as “Prime Time,” for his proficiency toward showmanship.
“I feel like I bring everything to the table,” said Colbert of his ability to dole out punishment without receiving it, whether from close quarters or the distance. “I can bang, I can box. I can stand there and fight in the pocket. You’ve gotta be able to do it all.”
A FAST START
Colbert’s first pair of professional bouts ended in the second and fourth-rounds midway through 2015 against Marquis Pierce (May 29) and Benjamin Burgos (June 27), displaying his power punching potential at 122 ½ and 125 ¼ pounds.
Colbert was 7-0 (2 KOs) before registering a seventh-round TKO in April 2018 in what shaped up as his most difficult challenge against rising left-handed KO artist Austin Dulay. Dulay came into the bout with an 11-0 record with eight knockouts.
Fighting at a career-high 130 pounds, Colbert alternated from orthodox to southpaw stance, scoring a seventh-round knockdown from a right to the head and a subsequent left to the body. So dominant was Colbert against Dulay that the loser’s corner advised referee Mark Nelson to stop the fight after the round.
Colbert won two straight unanimous decisions following Dulay, the second on January 26, 2019 against hammer-fisted Joshua Hernandez (8-1, seven KOs coming in), whose run of three consecutive stoppages ended.
Exactly a year after his fight with Dulay, Colbert scored a sensational second-round TKO of Mario Briones, a lightning-quick overhand left hand flooring the Mexican midway through the final period. Briones beat the count only for Colbert to finish him off with a flurry at 1:59 of the round, improving his record to 11-0 with his fourth stoppage win.
READY FOR "PRIME TIME"
On September 21, 2019, super featherweight Chris Colbert delivered a brutal and definitive, one-punch, first-round knockout of Mexican gatekeeper Miguel Beltran, leaving his opponent face-first and out cold on the canvas at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, California.
Colbert scored his third stoppage in his past six fights, leveling Beltran with a searing overhand right above the ear. The fight was called at the mark of 2:57 as Beltran (33-8, 22 KOs) failed to beat the count.
“I never go in looking for the knockout, but my power is developing and they’re happening more and more purely because of the skills I possess,” said Colbert, a Brooklyn, New York, native who was coming off a shutout unanimous decision over Alberto Mercado on June 23, 2019.
“I already have superior speed and boxing ability over my opponents, and, over the past five or six fights, my strength and conditioning coach and I have been working harder. Now everyone is seeing the results. Overall I just want to show the world that I can dominate anybody and everybody."
On January 18, 2020, Colbert faced another serious challenge, this time against veteran southpaw Jezreel Corrales (23-3, 9 KOs), a 28-year-old former world champion.
On the line was the interim WBA World Super Featherweight title. Colbert would not be denied. He outboxed Corrales for much of the way, scoring a knockdown on his way to winning a wide 12-round unanimous decision. Cards read 116-111 and two scores of 117-110.
“I had confidence coming into the fight,” said Colbert. “I knew I was going to dominate the fight and I told you all that before the fight happened. He was running and I was trying to catch him, so I told my corner, let's have a dog fight. We got 12 rounds. I’m in shape. You see, I didn’t sit down one round. I’m in shape and I came to fight. I wasn’t going to leave without this title.
“I’m not ducking nobody and not dodging nobody. I’m here to fight and I’m here to stay.”
FIGHTING WITH PURPOSE
Known for his flash, Colbert often dies his hair for his bouts – golden versus Beltran, green for Dulay and pink for Briones – but for altruistic reasons.
“I wear different hair colors represent different awareness’s – red for sickle cell, green for cerebral palsy, pink for breast cancer, and gold representing childhood cancer,” said Colbert. “I’m out there fighting for my swag and for myself, but I’m also fighting for a lot of other things."
TAKING IT TO A NEW LEVEL
On Saturday, December 12, 2020, Colbert took on what many believed would be his toughest opponent in the hard-hitting Jaime Arboleda of Panama. Colbert was expected to box and steer clear of his rangy opponent's big shots.
But the brash Brooklyn-ite had other plans in his first SHOWTIME headliner.
Colbert was magnificent, staying in the pocket, making Arboleda miss and making him pay. Round by round, he wore him down, putting on the kind of performance that reminded folks of a young Floyd Mayweather. Colbert displayed sublime skill--and power. In a spirited ninth round, Colbert dropped Arboleda with a vicious left hook. Arboleda survived but was down twice more in the 11th as the champion closed the show.
"I dominated the whole fight," said Colbert. "I probably gave him two rounds, but that was by choice. I just wanted to build his confidence because I knew I was going to stop him in the later rounds. I came to show the 130-pound division that I can punch. I'm here and I'm here to stay."
Colbert continued his reign of dominance on July 3, 2021, easily outpointing the game Tugstogt Nyambayar over 12 rounds at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. Two cards read 118-110 while third a judge had it 117-111.
Colbert was initially slated to face WBA World 130-pound champion Roger Gutierrez on Saturday, February 26, in a PBC on SHOWTIME headliner from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. However, Gutierrez withdrew due to contracting COVID-19. Unbeaten Dominican Olympian Hector Garcia stepped in on three weeks notice and pulled off the stunning upset, winning a wide 12-round unanimous decision over Colbert.
Southpaw Garcia controlled the action throughout, flooring Colbert in the seventh on his way to winning by scores of 118-109, 118-109 and 119-108.
“I’m sorry I let everyone down, today he was the better man,” Colbert said afterward, his arm draped around Garcia in an encouraging embrace. “I take my losses like I take my wins. I want to run it back and hopefully we can do it again. There’s no excuses. He was the better man today.”
Colbert could never get on track and showed little of the aggression and skills that made him one of the most talked about young fighters in the sport.
“Everyone puts pressure on me in the ring,” said Colbert. “That’s nothing new. I want to get a rematch if I can. Congratulations to Hector and his team. They deserved this win tonight. I wasn’t feeling myself. At the end the day, I’m still ‘Primetime’ on SHOWTIME.”
BACK IN THE WIN COLUMN
On March 25, 2023, “Primetime” Colbert (17-1, 6 KOs) edged out Jose Valenzuela (12-2, 8 KOs) on the scorecards after 10 rounds of lightweight action. All three judges saw the nip-and-tuck fight 95-94 in favor of Colbert.
“Listen, I love the fans,” said Colbert. “If he wants a rematch, then let’s get it. I’m no sucka.”
Colbert, who also came into the fight off his first loss, was able to show his fortitude in rising to his feet after the knockdown and making it through the round with a significant amount of time left in the frame. The Brooklyn native Colbert was able to box effectively throughout the remainder of the fight and avoid a return trip to the mat, using a jab that he out landed Valenzuela with at a 47 to 15 clip.
“It was a hell of a fight,” said Colbert. “At the end of the day, I’m not the judge and I’m not a sore loser. I’m a man. I can take it on the chin like a man. He’s a sore loser. I out-boxed him and hit him with more jabs. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a man and he had his spurts. He hit me with some good shots but then he stopped and I jabbed and I jabbed and I jabbed. He got the knockdown but it’s a 10-round fight.”
The middle rounds saw tremendous back and forth action from both competitors. After Valenzuela spent much of round six blitzing Colbert and forcing him to the ropes, Colbert responded in round seven with effective movement and pot shots. After Valenzuela was again successful pushing Colbert to the ropes in round eight, Colbert responded smartly and fought at an effective distance in round nine.