Fighter of the Week: Chris Colbert

On a relatively quiet week for the sweet science one man’s performance put the world on notice. Chris Colbert was handed a pretty tough replacement, a replacement that was likely a more difficult task than his original opponent, Yuriorkis Gamboa. “King Tug” Tugstsogt Nyambayar, took the Colbert challenge on short notice, but had previously given long-reigning champion Gary Russell Jr many difficulties and in his most recent outing outpointed undefeated prospect Cobia Breedy. He however was absolutely no match for the young Brooklyn-based, upstart “Prime Time” Chris Colbert dominated all 12-rounds in sensational fashion, scoring a lopsided UD victory, moved his record to 16-0 (6) defended his WBA interim belt, and captured this weeks Fighter of the Week Award. 

Chris Colbert

Chris Colbert was nearly perfect against Nyambayar Saturday night in the “Punch Bowl” in Carson, Calif. Extremely confident avoiding shots from an elite puncher like King Tug seemed almost too east and the Brooklynite was seemingly playing with the former world title challenger. Colbert was switching into the southpaw stance and shuffling his feet a la Muhammad Ali, playing with the top 10 Featherweight. Outclassing and nearly embarrassing the Mongolian who was as tough as the day is long and was able to survive the 12-round distance. Colbert knowing his rugged opponent wasn’t going anywhere let off the guy the last quarter of the fight or so and began to run out the clock. Colbert didn’t get the stoppage, the only question was were the judges going to give him a 12-0 shoutout and then decided not to with the majority of the judges finding two rounds to give to the game Nayambayar. It was a statement fight, a mutual opponent with long-reigning champ Gary Russell Jr, who is likely to move up to 130 in the near future, and a possible opponent for Colbert. Colbert, passed that test and was far, far more impressive and dominant in beating down the Mongolian challenger.

Boxing Rankings (July 5, 2021): Chris Colbert making move at 130, more -  Bad Left Hook

If Prime Time is anything he is true to his NYC roots and is an authentic straight shooter, who said he would love to fight the winner of a potential Shakur Stevenson vs Jamel Herring, but he’s not going to address it because he wouldn’t get such a fight next he wants on to say it may be a “boring fight”  but he’s confident he’d beat Stevenson, he also lacks confidence in a Davis fight. However, that seems much more possible, given his dominance over a high-level opponent like “King Tug” there aren’t too many names in the PBC stable you’d rather see Tank fight. Other possible names would be Gary Russell Jr and Leo Santa Cruz who have both been liked to a potential showdown with Colbert. The other name that he is going to be linked to is Tevin Farmer a former 130-pound IBF champ who is now a promotional free agent. A fight between the two would be high-level action and would rejuvenate the NY vs Philly rivalry. 

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