Chris Colbert took a short-notice problem from Tugstsgot Nyambayar and got here away with a stable win tonight on Showtime, out-pointing the 2012 Olympic silver medalist to win a transparent determination.
Colbert (16-0, 6 KO) received on scores of 117-111, 118-110, and 118-110. Unhealthy Left Hook additionally had the battle 118-110 for Colbert, as did Showtime’s Steve Farhood.
Colbert, 24, was initially meant to battle light Yuriorkis Gamboa, who pulled out late with a rib harm. Featherweight contender Nyambayar (12-2, 9 KO) agreed to step as much as 130 lbs and take the battle on brief discover, and gave an excellent effort, however had hassle with the taller, longer, quicker, and sharper Colbert.
Nyambayar, 29, had moments within the battle, and appeared to rock Colbert only a bit within the third spherical, however Colbert fought sensible as he normally does, found out what the important thing benefits had been, after which used them, together with a pointy, quick jab that at instances dominated the battle.
Colbert did coast a bit down the tip, nevertheless it was arduous responsible him. Nyambayar’s solely shot at that time was capitalizing on an enormous mistake from Colbert, and Colbert didn’t put himself in place to make one. He additionally nonetheless received the rounds, as Nyambayar simply didn’t have the talent set or measurement to do constant work for a lot of the battle.
“This was a hell of a battle, particularly for somebody coming off a week-and-a-half coaching camp. He did a hell of a job and did the most effective he can. I salute him and take my hat off to him, and need him nothing however the most effective in his profession,” Colbert stated.
“For a 126-pounder, he carried energy,” Colbert continued. “We had an amazing coaching camp and sparred with Michel Rivera rather a lot, he’s a a lot greater man, stronger man. I used to be utilizing my velocity, utilizing my jab. I’m very slippery, and it’s not that straightforward to hit me. In the event you catch me with an excellent one, you’re fortunate.”
Colbert has large plans at 130, and is hoping to be in a title battle subsequent. He has the interim WBA belt, and the “tremendous world” title is held by Gervonta Davis, who could not battle on the weight once more.
“I’m primary (ranked) by the WBA. Al Haymon, you recognize what to do. It’s my time,” he stated, and stated he hopes to be again earlier than the tip of the yr.
Michel Rivera KO-8 Jon Fernandez
Turned out to be a very good battle, with Rivera profitable the WBA light-weight eliminator, coming off the canvas himself.
Rivera (21-0, 14 KO) was down within the sixth spherical, and he was harm, needed to maintain on for a bit after. It was a 50/50 battle, actually, with each having superb moments, after which Rivera ended it with a vicious proper hand at 44 seconds of the eighth spherical.
“He hits arduous, he doesn’t have the talent that I’ve,” Rivera stated. “I used to be making an attempt to go previous the sixth spherical, as a result of he could be drained. However he has the facility, I do know he has energy, however I’ve energy, too. My coach stated that the suitable hand would work, and it did. I’m the reincarnation of Muhammad Ali.”
Rivera stated he’s able to battle anybody at 135, together with Teofimo Lopez and Ryan Garcia.
All three judges had the battle 67-65 Rivera on the time of the KO, whereas Unhealthy Left Hook had it even, 66-66, and Showtime’s Steve Farhood had it 67-65 for Fernandez.