Via Vince Dwriter: After a total of sixteen matches, Chris “Prime Time” Colbert was able to improve his position from prospect to world championship contender.
The February 26 date had been set for Colbert to compete for the WBA lightweight title, but unfortunately champion Roger Gutierrez caught COVID-19, and as a result Colbert would have to go ahead and fight a substitute at the minute. last.
Hector Luis Garcia accepted the fight after two and a half weeks of notice, and that allowed Showtime to continue with their February 26 title. Instead of a title fight, Colbert and Garcia will meet in a match that is widely seen as a WBA superweight title scrapper.
Hector Luis Garcia entered the match as an under +1100, but when the bell rang, Garcia quickly erased the underdog story as he immediately set the tone by standing in his pocket and hit Colbert with the correct combinations. During the seventh inning of the fight, Garcia caught Colbert coming in and nailed him with a nasty left hit that sent Colbert falling to the frame.
At the end of the twelfth and final inning, Garcia drew a shocking unifying decision with the scores 118-109, 119-108 and 118-109.
On track for the biggest win of his career to date, Hector Luis Garcia (15-0, 10 KOs) will have his chance to win the world title on Saturday, August 20 at the Hotel and Casino Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida.
The 30-year-old Dominican is extremely focused on his upcoming world championship fight and he’s not a fan of pre-match verbal exchanges. Hector Luis Garcia is proud of his legacy and he looks forward to putting on a good show and winning the WBA belt. “That’s not what happens outside the ring; that’s what happens in the ring. When I won that belt, it was mostly for me, but then it was for my country, for my daughter and all the fans who have supported me and have followed my career. “
Roger Gutierrez (26-3-1, 20 KOs) is looking to successfully defend his title by doing well what he does well, which is using his jab, fighting from a distance, and after Then when the time comes, sit on his shot to deliver that additional pop. On the other hand, Garcia wanted to recreate the battle with Colbert that involved adjusting the speed, moving forward, being aggressive, using his strength, and constantly exercising his ability to show punching position. good.
Garcia feels confident he will win the world championship and he is looking forward to a night of celebration for Dominican boxing. In another world title fight, fellow Dominican Alberto Puello (20-0, 10 KOs) will face Batyr Akhmedov (9-1, 8 KOs) for the now-vacant WBA lightweight world championship.
The Showtime title for the August 20 card features Omar Figueroa Jr (28-2-1, 19 KOs) vs Sergey Lipinets (16-2-1, 12 KOs), and also featured on the card is rising star Brandun Lee (25-0, 22 KO,) when he will face Will Madera (17-1-3, 10 KO).
In regards to the two championship fights, both Garcia and Puello see their fights as an opportunity to represent, claim and win world titles for boxing Dominica and his hometown of San Juan de la Maguana, Republic Dominica.