Regardless of being pressured to tackle a late alternative in Hector Luis Garcia, Chris Colbert, as hubris as ever, believed that he would have little to no hassle coping with the 31-year-old. Nonetheless, no matter his self-belief, the artful southpaw floored the loquacious star throughout their showdown earlier this yr earlier than cruising to a unanimous resolution victory.
After acknowledging that he was listless on the evening, Colbert has returned to the drafting board. Within the midst of engaged on his craft, Colbert (16-1, 6 KOs) shortly developed an ongoing feud with present 135-pound contender, Frank Martin. Though he at present competes within the tremendous featherweight division, Colbert audaciously agreed that he could be greater than keen to acquiesce to Martin’s weight calls for and take him on as a full-fledged light-weight.
In any occasion, although each side seemed to be heading in the direction of a collision course, negotiations broke down within the eleventh hour. Martin, whereas dissatisfied, shortly shifted course and would sq. off towards extremely ranked prospect, Michel Rivera. The 2 formally tangoed this previous weekend in the principle occasion slot on the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Initially, earlier than swapping fists within the middle of the ring, the overall perception surrounding their showdown was that it will be a nip-and-tuck affair. Nevertheless, after flooring his man within the seventh, Martin proved to be far an excessive amount of, profitable a one-sided unanimous resolution.
Although nonetheless rivals, Colbert positioned their variations apart for a second as he tipped his cap to the 27-year-old in an indication of respect.
“I’m no hater,” stated Colbert on his Instagram account. “Nice win Frank Martin.”
Presently, with Colbert persevering with to iron out the kinks in his general recreation, the truculent 130-pound contender remains to be awaiting phrase on his subsequent opponent. Realistically, Colbert could have little say in who he in the end faces subsequent. Nonetheless, Colbert admits that Martin, greater than anybody else, remains to be his most well-liked possibility.
“Now, let’s dance.”