Chris Colbert Eyeing Leo Santa Cruz: “I Think Me And Him Would Be One Helluva Fight”
By: Hans Themistode
Chris Colbert has carried himself with the type of swagger and moxie that doesn’t quite match his experience and accomplishments in the ring.
Heading into the second defense of his interim WBA 130 pound title against late replacement, Tugstsogt Nyambar, the surrounding notion going into their clash was that Colbert would be tested like never before.
For the most part, the 29 Mongolian native gave Colbert all he could handle in the first half of their contest which took place at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson California. With that said, once the 24-year-old Colbert figured out his man, he cruised to the unanimous decision victory.
As their contest unfolded, former four-division world champion and current 130-pound contender, Leo Santa Cruz, nodded from his ringside seat in approval. Once Colbert officially wrapped up the win, he wasted no time in calling him out.
“I think me and him would be one helluva fight,” said Colbert to a group of reporters following his victory. “Something the fans would love to see”
Santa Cruz, 32, is said to be fully recovered from the deleterious knockout blow at the hands of Gervonta Davis. While the ending may have come both violently and suddenly in the sixth round of their October 2020, clash, the former multiple division champion believes he’s ready to get back on the championship trail.
At times, Colbert has shown no respect to his opponents. He’s displayed an incredible amount of hubris and has carried himself as though he is supercilious against whomever he steps into the ring against. Just days before his contest against Nyambar, Colbert stated that it was “impossible” for the 29-year-old to defeat him. And while he was ultimately proven right, in the case of a possible showdown against Santa Cruz, Colbert has taken a more respectful approach.
“He’s a helluva champion. Four division world champion and I’m a future world champion. I take off my hat to him.”
Chris Colbert: “Nobody In The World Can Take A Fight Against Me On A Week And A Half Notice”
By: Hans Themistode
Chris Colbert was initially disappointed when he got the news. After nearing the end of a long and arduous training camp, the Brooklyn, New York native was informed that Yuriokis Gamboa was no longer able to compete against him due to injuries.
While the current WBA 130 pound interim belt holder was originally frustrated, he was relieved once he was notified that Tugstsogt Nyambayar, would be moving up in weight to replace Gamboa at the Dignity Health Sports Park, in Carson California, later on tonight.
The flamboyant and ever-so cocky Colbert was appreciative of the Mongolian native. But, considering the time frame that he was given to prepare, Colbert believes that Nyambayar, or anyone else placed in a similar circumstance, has absolutely no chance against him.
“Nobody in the world can take a fight against me on a week and a half notice,” said Colbert during a recent press conferee. I don’t give a damn who you is.”
For Nyambayar, his willingness to move up in weight and step in with such little time to prepare came as somewhat of a surprise. After failing to win a featherweight world title against Gary Russell Jr. in February of 2020, Nyambayar (12-1, 9 KOs) bounced back from his first career defeat seven months later to hand previously undefeated prospect Cobia Breedy his first blemish.
Now, with the chance to make it two in a row against undefeated fighters, Nyambayar viewed a matchup against Colbert (15-0, 6 KOs) as a can’t miss opportunity, despite the short time frame to prepare.
Yet, the New Yorker is incredulous whenever Nyambayar says he’ll pick up the win. Throughout the history of boxing, some of the unlikeliest of scenarios have taken place. James “Buster” Douglas shocked the world over 30 years ago when he stopped the seemingly invincible former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. Just two years ago, Andy Ruiz Jr. also took a short notice fight against unified heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua and proceeded to drop and eventually stop him.
Nonetheless, Colbert is very aware of history but with that, he stands firmly behind his belief that a loss against Nyambayar later on tonight is simply unfeasible.
“One thing for sure and two things for certain, I know damn well he ain’t beating me. That’s a promise. Expect a dominating performance. It won’t be close and don’t be surprised if I stop him. No way I’m losing to him, it’s impossible.”
Tugstsogt Nyambayar Replaces Yuriokis Gamboa, Will Now Face Chris Colbert On July 3rd
By: Hans Themistode
When it was first announced that Chris Colbert, the WBA interim 130-pound titlist would be taking on long-faded former champion Yuriokis Gamboa, many believed that it would be a walk in the park. Now, however, after the 39-year-old Gamboa was forced to pull out due to injuries to both his ribs and heel, a much sterner test is now awaiting Colbert.
Tugstsogt Nyambayar, a former 126-pound title challenger, will move up in weight to take on Colbert on July 3rd at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson California. While Nyambayar now has less than two weeks to prepare for one of boxing’s youngest and brightest stars, he figures to be a much more difficult test than Gamboa. Although the 39-year-old has the sort of credentials that are seldom seen in the sport, his 2004 Olympic gold medal has collected a considerable amount of dust and the multiple world titles that are currently resting in his trophy case in his palatial estate, are inconsequential at this point in his career.
With back to back one-sided losses at the hands of Gervonta Davis and Devin Haney, many believed that another was awaiting him against Colbert. He’ll now look to heal from his injuries and return at a later date.
Since suffering a competitive loss at the hands of Gary Russell Jr. in February of 2020, Nyambayar has bounced back. In September of 2020, the Los Angeles resident picked up a split decision win against Cobia Breedy.
As for his new opponent in Colbert, the 24-year-old simply wants to keep his momentum going. After stopping Jaime Arboleda in the 11th round in December of 2020, the Brooklyn, New York native has clamored for big fights. Regardless of the amount of hubris he’s shown, the undefeated titleholder is determined to prove why he’s considered a rising star in the division.
Ultimately, Colbert has named fights against Shakur Stevenson, Leo Santa Cruz, Gervonta Davis and several others as future mega showdowns later down the line.
Yuriorkis Gamboa And Chris Colbert Heading Towards July Showdown
By: Hans Themistode
Yuriokis Gamboa has seemingly settled into his role as gatekeeper. Although his mantle is filled with world titles in numerous weight classes and a 2004 Olympic Gold medal, the Cuban native is no longer a true threat in either the 130 or 135-pound division.
With Gamboa turning 40 years old later this year and coming off the heels of two lopsided defeats, that hasn’t stopped world champions and highly rated contenders from sliding a fight contract across his desk. According to numerous reports, both Gamboa and current WBA interim super featherweight world champion Chris Colbert have agreed to terms on a showdown that would take place sometime in July.
The once blazing hand speed and concussive knockout power Gamboa was once known for simply isn’t there anymore. In his two most recent contests, he was outmuscled and stopped against Gervonta Davis in December of 2019. Seven months later, Gamboa was thoroughly outboxed by lightweight champion Devin Haney.
As for Colbert, the Brooklyn, New York native is fresh off a stoppage win against Jaime Arboleda in December of 2020.
While Colbert would welcome a showdown with Gamboa, the 24-year-old would be somewhat disappointed. For the past several months, the loquacious young star has expressed a desire to face some of boxing’s premier stars such as former multiple division champion Leo Santa Cruz.