Colbert: “Gary Russell Always Talk About Fighting Me But He Won’t Do It!”

Chris Colbert Goes After Gary Russell Jr!

Chris Colbert calls for a fight with Gary Russell Jr
Chris Colbert (L), Gary Russell Jr | Credit: Stephanie Trapp, Amanda Westcott, Showtime

Chris Colbert Looking to Trade Leather with Gary Russell Jr.

At the present moment, super featherweight boxer Chris “Primetime” Colbert (16-1, 6 KO’s) is in need of a fight. In his last outing, Primetime suffered a surprise upset to Hector Garcia. Now the Brooklynite boxer is determined to get back in the win column. And let him tell it, Colbert would love a dance with one-time WBC featherweight champion “Mr.” Gary Russell Jr. (31-2, 18 KO’s). In fact, Primetime recently took to his social media to further his cause.

Chris Colbert calls for a fight with Gary Russell Jr.


On the one hand, this would be a good fight for both men. They each have commendable skills and command a good presence in the sport. On the potential bad side however, both competitors are coming off a loss, making it a dangerous fight for both. For his part, Russell is coming off a disappointing majority decision loss to Mark Magsayo. Naturally, Mr. felt that he easily won the match and deserved the nod. Regardless of his belief, Magsayo put the second professional blemish on his record.

To be honest though, this match is unlikely to take place anytime soon for two glaring reasons. The first being that Russell has already snubbed the notion of testing his might against Primetime. This is unsurprising given that Russell maintains a notoriously slow fighting schedule, typically only hopping in the ring once a year. If asked why this is, Mr. insists he will only face top competition and nothing less. Since Colbert is coming off a loss, and an upset at that, there is a great likelihood that Russell pays this callout little attention.

A more important reason to be doubtful is that Mr. injured his shoulder in his last match and is still injured. While Russell says that he would like to return to the sport, he has insinuated that he just might hang the gloves up. So, first Russell has to get off the IR list and then formally express interest in Colbert. Until then, Primetime might want to start barking up another tree.

By: Bakari Simpson

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