Chris Colbert could be brash and cocky however he is greater than meets the attention
IF you had by no means heard of Chris Colbert earlier than you’d suppose he was the most recent garishly-styled frontrunner in boxing à la, say, Adrien Broner, the posterboy for perpetual underachievement.
Colbert, in spite of everything, reveals all of the hallmark indicators of the all-sizzle-and-no-steak prizefighter. He’s lippy, profane, wears gladiator trunks, employs the shoulder roll, sticks his tongue out at his opponents, and dyes his hair extra steadily than Dennis Rodman did in his prime. (At this fee, he’s going to expire of colors).
However on the final level, we’d add that Colbert adjustments the color of his locks in solidarity with a selected trigger. Pink stands for breast most cancers, purple for epilepsy, and, in his newest outing, he was seen sporting atop his head a coif of brilliant carrot orange – orange is in honour of these affected by a number of sclerosis. (He says blue, which represents autism consciousness, might be an choice sooner or later).
Nobody, to make certain, goes to be in a rush to explain Chris Colbert, the rising Brooklyn-based super-featherweight, as humble or modest anytime quickly. But it will be a mistake to imagine, on the idea of his brash persona, that his boxing capacity is one thing doubtful.
It seems the greenhorn can struggle a bit, that there’s extra substance to his craft regardless of no matter his cocky public persona might counsel – simply as his desire for dyeing his hair stems from a extra profound place than would appear to be the case.
On Saturday evening the 24-year-old Colbert managed almost each second of his 12-round bout towards a recreation, however undersized, Mongolian Tugstsogt Nyambayar en path to a transparent unanimous determination on the Dignity Well being Sports activities Park.
The scores had been 117-111 (Zachary Younger) and 118-110 twice (Carla Caiz, Fernando Villarreal) all for Colbert, who owns a minor model of the WBA 130-pound belt and will quickly be in line to land a title shot.
Nyambayar, a profession 126-pounder, took the struggle on two weeks’ discover after the unique opponent, Cuban gatekeeper Yuriorkis Gamboa, needed to pull out on account of an harm.
The Brooklynite managed the struggle within the early going with a quicksilver jab that landed with stunning regularity. Nyambayar had his moments, although, connecting on a number of counter proper arms right here and there each time Colbert lunged in. However the Mongolian was clearly a step behind all evening and will by no means fairly determine his intelligent adversary.
By the seventh spherical, Colbert had discovered his groove. He was strolling Nyamabar down and uncorking one mixture after one other. His capacity to dart out and in of vary had Nyamabar struggling to mount a correct offense. Nyamabar, to his credit score, was by no means visibly damage, though, to make certain, he had no solutions both.
Colbert was in a complimentary temper afterward.
“For a 126 pounder, [Nyambayar] carried energy,” he stated postfight. “However the secret is boxing, utilizing Muhammad Ali ways. ‘Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee’.”
Rising 23-year-old Dominican prospect Michel Rivera recovered from a knockdown to land essentially the most spectacular punch of his profession when he knocked out sturdy Spaniard Jon Fernández with a straight proper hand within the eighth spherical. Fernández went down, face-forward, virtually in sluggish movement, earlier than turning over on his bottom. He was counted out by referee Jack Reiss at 0-44 of the eighth.
Up till that time, it had been a aggressive affair, with the veteran Fernández arguably successful. The Spaniard outworked the Dominican within the early going, courtesy of a busy jab and well timed left hooks. Rivera responded with exhausting proper hand leads within the fourth and fifth rounds, however went down from a counter proper halfway by the sixth spherical. It was the primary knockdown Rivera suffered in his profession.
To not be outdone, super-featherweight prospect Daniel Garcia of Colorado remained undefeated with a violent stoppage over Gabe Sandoval of New Mexico.
A few minute into the second spherical, Garcia, 19, linked on a searing left hook that despatched Sandoval tumbling to the canvas. Though he beat the eight rely, Sandoval was on shaky legs, as Garcia swarmed him on the ropes with mixtures, forcing the referee to halt the bout. The official time was 1-21.