Chris Colbert’s result against Hector Garcia
Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, USA – February 26, 2022
Delayed replacement Hector Garcia acted as world champion, whom he replaced on Saturday night, beating and throwing highly advertised Chris Colbert to earn a unanimous decision in the 12-round WBA super-lightweight world title elimination tournament Eliminator, which led to an exciting live triplehead SHOWTIME at Chelsea’s Premier Boxing Champions event at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Garcia (15-0, 10 KOs) replaced WBA super-lightweight champion Roger Gutierrez less than three weeks ago after Gutierrez was forced to retire due to a positive test on COVID-19. Although he had little time to prepare, left-hander Garcia used his height and powerful left hand to dominate Colbert (16-1, 6 KOs) with scores of 118-109, 118-109 and 119-108. .
“I have to thank everyone in my corner, Ismael Salas and Bob Santos, and everyone who worked with me,” Garcia said. “I feel great. Three weeks ago I knew for sure that my life would change. My coaches gave me the confidence to win this fight. ”
“I’m sorry I let everyone down, he was the best man today,” Colbert said after his hand hugged Garcia in an encouraging embrace. “I accept my losses as well as my victories. I want to run it back and hopefully we can do it again. There are no excuses. He was the best man today. “
Garcia was the aggressor of all time, dropping Colbert for the first time in his career, leaving a counter in the seventh round, causing Colbert to fall back, his legs soaring in the air from the momentum. Colbert rose to his feet, but Garcia jumped on him again, chasing him around the ring.
“In the ninth and 10th rounds, I hit him so hard,” Garcia said. “I knew I had it. I knew he wouldn’t be able to box anymore. “
Colbert could never get on the track and showed little aggression and skills that made him one of the most discussed young fighters in the sport.
“Everyone is putting pressure on me in the ring,” Colbert said. “It’s nothing new. I want revenge if I can. Congratulations to Hector and his team. They deserved that win tonight. I didn’t feel it. After all, I’m still “prime time” on SHOWTIME ”.
After all, it was Garcia, the 2016 Dominican Olympian, who acted as a favorite fighter, punishing Colbert and pushing him away, and possibly winning the title fight against Gutierrez.
“I want to fight Gutierrez for the World Cup,” Garcia said. “I worked too hard to get into that position today.”
Formerly glorifying his high school, Gary Antoine Russell (15-0, 15 KOs) passed the biggest test of his career, stopping the former world champion Victor Pastol (31-4, 12 KOs) suddenly in the tenth and final round of their super-lightweight bout in the joint main event SHOWTIME.
After for most of the fight Russell inflicted damage on the left uppercut in the tenth and followed a series of left and right. When Postal opposed the combinations that absorbed the ropes, referee Mike Ortega intervened and abandoned him at 2:31 a.m. to the great surprise of Postol, who shrugged and seemed annoyed by the stop. Russell saved his series by knockout, and Postal dropped out of the second bout in a row
Russell was the 2016 U.S. Olympian, who held an amateur record of 3-1 over current undefeated lightweight Jaran Ennis, and on Saturday he competed as one of the top contenders at 140 pounds.
“The play speaks for itself,” Russell said. “You know (the Pastor) walked the distance with Terence Crawford and I just stopped him. I think I am ready for the next fight. “
Both hugged in the ring, when it was over, respect between the fighters was fully manifested. Postal fought on Saturday with his wife and their five-year-old twin sons in their hometown of Brovary, Ukraine, in danger with Russian troops invading the country.
“We’re dealing with damaged cases,” Russell said of whether he felt sympathy for his opponent. “I take off my hat in front of him. His country is literally at war, but we are in a circle in a square, doing our job. This man comes to hurt him, and I go to hurt him. ”
And Russell did it repeatedly on Saturday. Gary Russell Jr., a former title holder who lost his belt last month, ruled the corner on Saturday when their father, Gary Jr., was taken to the ring for health reasons, and he told his younger brother to “break the will” of Pastol throughout the fight. . Russell is obliged, fighting aggressively and constantly pressing the Postal to the ropes.
Postol had some success with his right hand and pocket, especially in the ninth when he hit right, but Russell showed a granite chin and effectively resisted, and in the tenth he got accurate combinations, demonstrating the speed of his hand, leading to a stop the first time The post was stopped. At the time of the break, Russell was leading the table with a score of 89-82, 89-82 and 88-83.
“I just couldn’t do what I wanted in the ring,” Postol said. “My legs were gone and my arms weren’t as I needed to be. I fought much better fighters than Gary Russell, but for some reason could not perform with my abilities. I came here to win tonight. Unfortunately, I could not achieve my goal. “
With his promoter, former two-division champion Marcos Maidana, urged him to leave the ring, Argentina Fernando Martinez punished Jervin Ankahas more than 12 rounds to snatch his IBF junior lightweight title by a unanimous decision in a stellar performance at the opening of the TV show SHOWTIME.
After exchanging hugs, shaking hands and caresses during the final press conference on Thursday, Martinez (14-0, 8 KOs) and Ancaja (33-2-2, 22 KOs) went without mercy and started a thriller.
But it was Martinez, a supporter of Tyson’s growing T-shirt, who dealt the heaviest blows, fighting back against Ancachas and waving left and right for victory with a score of 117-11, 118-110 and 118-110.
Martinez, whose father died when he was an amateur and helped introduce him to boxing, held back tears, saying what victory meant to him.
“This moment is so special for me,” Martinez said. “It hurts so much that my father isn’t here at this big moment in my life, but I know he was watching over it. I am very happy for my corner and for the people who have supported me over the years. I want to thank SHOWTIME for the support. I want to thank Jervin for giving me that opportunity. I am very grateful for that. “
Martinez inflicted 421 powerful blows, a new division record and 427 total blows, causing Ancajas to be taken to hospital as a precautionary measure after the match.
“I am very grateful to Martinez’s team for giving me the opportunity to have this fight,” Ancajas said. “Yes, I want a rematch and I will do my best to achieve my goal. I learned a lot in this fight, and he is a great contender. “
Throughout the action, the two continuously went through stale blows. But it was Martinez who hurt Ancaja more than the champion, and between the ninth and tenth rounds the corner of Ancaja asked him if he could continue. Ancajas responded with his right hand in the 10th round, and Martinez hit again with his right left hand, only to have Martinez retaliate with his blows from the circle in a picture of the continuous action that took place.
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