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Colbert beats Corrales for WBA interim 130lb belt

By John DiSanto at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

In the 12-round co-feature bout, Brooklyn’s Chris Colbert, 14-0, 5 KOs, captured the vacant interim WBA junior lightweight title belt with a lopsided decision over Jezreel Corrales of Panama, 23-4, 9 KOs on Saturday night at the Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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After nine slow-moving rounds, the fight finally picked up in round ten when Colbert dropped Corrales with a left hook-right cross combo. Then in the eleventh Colbert shoved Corrales completely out of the ring, prompting referee to Shawn Clark issue a warning. The two boxers closed the fight with an active final round. Colbert took the decision by scores of 116-111 and 117-110 twice.

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  • I saw a documentary that featured Colbert a few years ago when was just turning pro and I really didn’t think he had the maturity or discipline to become a world champion. He looked and sounded like a new man tonight! (despite the purple hair) He’s come a long way!

  • The commentators made Colbert sound like the second coming of Roberto Duran. He has about as much ability as a rank amateur. I thought he lost the fight. The Philly fans let him know what they thought booing both of them throughout. He wants Santa Cruz? He couldn’t beat Santa Claus!

  • Corrales is an extremely cagey fighter and gave Colbert a hard fight. It was uneventful till the later rounds when Colbert finally broke through for the knockdown. It was not an exciting performance by Colbert and I expected much more from him.

    I’m not sure what I think about Colbert at this point. He was highly touted by the announcers, but I sure don’t see the potential for him to be a great fighter. He doesn’t have the “wow” factor and I don’t get excited when I see his name on a boxing card.

    He is a good fighter and may eventually become elite. However, based on this fight, I just don’t think so. He just doesn’t hit hard enough to beat the top junior lightweights. He’s good and may win a title with careful matchmaking. However, I don’t expect him to be dominant in his weight division. Time will tell. We’ll see what happens in his future fights.

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