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 “King Tug” Nyambayer & Argenis Mendez Win On FS1
By: Ken Hissner
At the Beau River Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, MS, Saturday, Premier Boxing Champions and Tom Brown’s TGB Promotions co-promoted over USA FS1.
In the Main Event Super Lightweight Eddie “El Escorpion” Ramirez, 17-2 (11), of Chicago, IL, was knocked down 3 times losing to former IBF Super World champion Dominican Argenis Mendez, 25-5-1 (12), of Brooklyn, NY, in a 10 rounder.
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In the first round Ramirez started fast using a jab and left hooks to the body of Mendez. Mendez came back with a lead right to the chin of Ramirez. Mendez seconds later repeated with the right to the head of Ramirez who ducked into it. Mendez was warned for a low blow by Referee Freddy Steinwinder.
In the second round Ramirez landed a half dozen unanswered punches to the body and head of Mendez. Ramirez landed a right uppercut to the chin of Mendez. Ramirez landed a long right to the chin of Mendez. Mendez countered with a right to the shin of Ramirez knocking him down to his knees falling forward with his head on the canvas.
In the third round Mendez went for the finish and got hit with a right uppercut to the chin. Mendez came back with a right to the head of Ramirez dropping him. Inside Mendez landed five unanswered punches. Ramirez came back pushing Mendez into a corner with a flurry of punches. In the fourth round Mendez had his hands high as Ramirez landed half a dozen punches to the head and body of Mendez. Mendez came back throwing punches to the head of Ramirez. Both fighters exchanged right hands to the chin.
In the fifth round Ramirez landed a flurry of body and head punches on Mendez. Mendez came back with a vicious left hook to the midsection of Ramirez dropping him to his knees. Mendez followed up with a right to the chin of Ramirez knocking him down again. Mendez ended the round with a left hook to the head of Ramirez.
In the sixth round Mendez came out throwing bombs hurting Ramirez with a solid right to the head. Ramirez came back hurting Mendez with a right to the head. Ramirez landed a short right to the head of Mendez driving him into a corner. Ramirez drove Mendez into another corner of the ring with a two handed attack.
In the seventh round Ramirez keeps coming forward outworking Mendez. In the final minute of the round it was Mendez landed with his right to the head of Ramirez. Ramirez landed half a dozen unanswered punches to the head and body of Mendez until he got hit with a Mendez chopping right to the head of Ramirez.
In the eighth round Ramirez out landed Mendez who was on the defense. It was Mendez landing several hard rights to the head of Ramirez at the bell. In the ninth round it was Mendez on the attack wrestling Ramirez to the canvas and falling with him. Ramirez is landing while Mendez is loading up. Both were throwing punches at the bell.
In the tenth and final round Ramirez was on the attack making Mendez holding on. Mendez came back with combinations backing Ramirez up. Both fighters exchanged right hands to the head. Mendez landed a good right to the head of Ramirez who tied him up. In the last ten seconds Mendez danced around like the round was over.
Judges scores were 98-88, 97-89 and 99-87. This writer had it 94-93.
In the co-feature 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist Mongolian Featherweight Tugstsogt “King Tug” Nyambayer, 10-0 (9), of L.A., CA, came off the canvas in the first round but scored three knockdowns stopping Oscar Escandon, 25-4 (17), of Ibague, COL, at 1:18 of the third round.
In the first round the taller Nyambayer is using an effective jab. Escandon got inside landing well to the body with a left hook. An overhand right to the head from Escandon dropped Nyambayer to a knee.
In the second round Escandon landed a double left hook to the head of Nyambayer. Backing up Nyambayer landed a right uppercut to the chin of Escandon. A left uppercut from Nyambayer to the body set up a right to the chin of Nyambayer dropping him. Nyambayer went after Escandon dropping him a second time with a right to the head. The last ten seconds instead of going after Escandon Nyambayer stood with his hands on his knees daring him to throw a punch.
In the third round a big right hand from Nyambayer to the chin dropped Escandon twice. As Referee Keith Hughes looked like he may stop the bout Nyambayer dropped Escdandon a third time with a right to the chin with Referee Hugh’s waving it off.
Super Welterweight Justin “The Chosen One” DeLoach, 17-3 (9), of Augusta, GA, blew an early lead getting dropped twice late in the fight losing to Jeison “Banana” Rosario, 15-1-1 (11), of Santo Domingo, DR, in 10.
In the first round Rosario keeps coming forward with hands held high getting countered by a right to the body from DeLoach. DeLoach took the lead going to the body of Rosario. In the second round DeLoach starts out with a lead right to the head of Rosario. Rosario snapped back the head of DeLoach with a solid jab. Rosario landed an overhand right to the head of DeLoach at the bell.
In the third round Rosario opened up with a lead right to the head of DeLoach. DeLoach warned for a low blow by Referee Bill Clancy. Rosario was following DeLoach around the ring looking for that big punch. Rosario missed a big right and got countered by a left hook from DeLoach to the chin.
In the third round DeLoach landed a right to the chin followed by a right to the body of Rosario.
Rosario at the middle of the round landed a right to the head of DeLoach. Rosario landed a left hook to the chin of DeLoach. In the fourth round Rosario continues to follow DeLoach but getting countered. Rosario walked right into a counter right on the chin by DeLoach. Rosario landed a lead right to the head with a minute left in the round. Rosario warned for a low blow. Rosario landed a left uppercut to the chin of DeLoach at the bell.
In the fifth round DeLoach came forward landing a right to the chin of Rosario. DeLoach dropped his hands to his side while backing up using his jab countering with his right. A sweeping left hook from Rosario dropped DeLoach face first to the canvas with twenty seconds left in the round. He was up at Referee Clancy’s 8 count.
In the sixth round Rosario was warned for a punch behind the head of DeLoach while in a clinch. Rosario hurt DeLoach with a right to the head making DeLoach hold. In the seventh round DeLoach’s nose is bleeding but he is throwing more punches than Rosario who continues to load up. Twice DeLoach jumped in and grabbed Rosario using the ring making Rosario miss when he does throw punches.
In the ninth round DeLoach continued to move and stick with his jab and counter rights. DeLoach landed a counter left hook to the chin of Rosario. Rosario landed a right over a DeLoach jab to the head knocking his head back.
In the tenth and final round Rosario landed a right to the head of DeLoach who took it well. Rosario landed a right to the back of the head of DeLoach who took a knee. Referee Clancy ruled it a knock down. Rosario landed a very low left hook on DeLoach and was warned one more warning and a point would be taken.
Judges scores were 97-91, 96-93 and 96-92 and this writer 94-94.
Lightweight southpaw Joshua “SBD” Zuniga, 9-1 (4), of L.A, CA, lost for the first time to Justin Pauldo, 11-1 (5), of Orlando, FL, over 8.
In the first round both boxers were using their jabs feeling each other out. Pauldo got in a couple of lead rights on the chin of the southpaw Zuniga. In the second round Pauldo landed a lead straight right to the chin of Ramirez inside of the first 30 seconds. Zuniga does a lot of feinting but little connecting. Pauldo times his jab landing his straight right.
In the third round Ramirez landed a solid left to the chin of Pauldo getting the crowd into it. Ramirez missed with a left that Pauldo countered with a right to the chin of Ramirez. Ramirez rushed Pauldo landing a left to the chin before getting tied up by Pauldo. In the fourth round Zuniga landed a lead left to the chin of Pauldo. Ramirez rushed in and got hit with a Pauldo right uppercut to the midsection. Zuniga landed a lead left to the chin of Pauldo, who came back with a right to the chin of Zuniga. Pauldo continued landing the right to the chin of Zuniga. Just prior to the end of the round Pauldo had Ramirez in trouble. It was the best round up to this point.
In the fifth round Pauldo landed a right to the chin of Zuniga. Zuniga landed a good right hook to the side of the head of Pauldo. Zuniga keeps pumping the jab but it isn’t landing as much as it is a keeping Pauldo on the defense. Pauldo got in the last punch of the round a right to the chin of Zuniga. In the sixth round Zuniga landed a solid lead left to the chin of Pauldo on several occasions. Pauldo landed several right uppercuts to the body of Zuniga. He was warned by Referee Bill Clancy for a low blow.
Zuniga went to the body with both hands. Pauldo was warned a second time about a low blow. Then again about landing a punch after referee Clancy told him to break.
In the seventh round Zuniga landed a hard left to the chin of Pauldo. Zuniga got counter
ed by a left hook to the head by Pauldo. Zuniga is looking to hurt Pauldo being behind but got rocked by a Pauldo right to the chin. Pauldo decided to keep it in the middle of the ring the last minute. Zuniga landed the last punch of the round with a left to the chin of Pauldo.
In the eighth and final round Zuniga rushed out and got hurt with a left hook from Pauldo on the chin.
Pauldo landed a good combination with Zuniga countering with a left to the chin of Pauldo. Zuniga landed half a dozen punches before Pauldo countered with a right. Pauldo pushed Zuniga to the ropes leaning on him. Both boxers were their first eight. Zuniga looked the fresher of the two in the final round.
Judges scores were 79-73 twice and 78-74 with this writer 77-75.