Chris Colbert decisions Jezreel Corrales for the WBA interim title!
One of boxing’s best young rising fighters Chris “Prime Time” Colbert (14-0, 5KOs) was in deep as he stepped up in a big way against former WBA super featherweight champion Jezreel Corrales (23-4, 9KOs).
The early portion of the fight was rather lackluster as both men came out cautious looking to establish their rhythm. With very few punches being thrown the crowd would start to boo in dismay of what they were witnessing.
As much as the action was lacking, Colbert seemed to be the one dictating the pace and pushing for some type of exchange. This would guarantee him the early rounds.
Things would heat up in the middle rounds as Corrales would start to land some hard shots on his unbeaten counterpart. Straight left hands and body shots would get Corrales respect, however, those came few far and between as his overall volume was still minimal at best.
Meanwhile, Colbert was getting more comfortable picking his shots and landing with ease. The former champion did a terrible job of adjusting. Instead of utilizing skill to elude shots, he resorted to excessive holding which arguably should have resulted in him losing a point.
Then in the eleventh round, the prospect would land a short left hook followed by a right hook while stepping back to put Corrales on the deck. While the former champion looked to be more off-balance than hurt, he would still suffer a knockdown.
Although the majority of the fight seemed a bit dull, this moment seemed to cement a win for Colbert. He controlled the majority of the action compared to Corrales who played it safe and counter-punch.
Colbert would win a unanimous decision with the scores of 116-111 and 117-110 x2 to win the interim WBA featherweight championship.
2020 is shaping up to potentially be a big year for Colbert as he’ll look to continue to step up his quality of competition.
By: Jerrell Fletcher