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Chris Colbert Seeks Definitive Win On Saturday, against Olympic Medalist King Tug

When: July 3rd, Saturday, Dignity Health Sports Arena, Carson, California

How To Watch: 6 PM PST, Showtime

At 103-3 as an amateur, and at only 24-years-old, in fifteen fights, Chris Colbert, has already won a form of the world title, the interim WBA super featherweight title, he won early in 2020, against Jezzrel Corrales.

Now Colbert faces his toughest opponent, Tugstsogt Nyambayar, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist, who is taking the fight on two week’s notice after Yuriorkis Gamboa was injured in sparring prior to this camp as Nyambayar is moving up from 126 lbs to 130 lbs to take the fight.

Colbert is everything you think of when it comes to New York and fighting, brash, loud both in terms of words and apparel from his pink mohawk to stylized outfits. Colbert is someone who excites some New York fight fans as much as a Hector Camacho, as he has fast hands, knockout power, and represents an under represented community, Flatbush, similar to how Camacho represented Spanish Harlem.

That being said, the kryptonite for Colbert already is seemingly himself. In Jay Bulger’s 2017 movie, “Counterpunch”, Colbert looked young and naive, often a know-it-all with little life experience. This was before the riches, but maturity comes with time, and what Colbert does have is one of the best jabs in boxing, fast hands, and showmanship, so much so, that with less than 20 fights, Colbert is headlining his second Showtime Championship Boxing card, no small feat.

Colbert, originally was nicknamed, “Lil B-Hop”, as an ode to the legendary fighter Bernard Hopkins, as after Saturday Colbert will have fought seven fighters who are undefeated, or only have one loss on their record, meaning over half of his opponents as a professional.

Colbert was set to shine against Yuriorkis Gamboa, a former Olympic gold medalist in 2004, who has seen better days, and is at the end of his career, and has been fighting young emerging talent like Devin Haney and Gervonta Davis over the past few years, serving as an evaluation, as much as a stern test in the ring.

Nyambayar, coached by someone I deeply respect, John Pullman, is a fighter no one is excited to face ever. Why? It is hard to pronounce his name, even harder to fight him, and the fans will not give you credit currently for a respectable win or tough showing against him, despite being a top-5 featherweight in the world. Nyambayar is the dreaded trap fight.

Nyambayar is a Mongolian, who moved to Los Angeles, California-area to follow his boxing dream after obtaining an Olympic medal. He holds wins over Oscar Escandon, Cobia Breedy, and Claudia Marrero. Ironically, Nyambayar was also tied to the man, Colbert is now tied to, Xavier Martinez of Sacramento, Ca, as the two were set to face each other at least two years ago, but the bout never occurred.

The winner of this bout seems destined to face Mayweather Promotions’ Martinez, but the bout will now come down to adjustments. Not just in the fight itself, but in the camp.

Question like: Was Nyambayar in the gym seriously prior to this fight? Did Colbert spar the wrong type of guys to get ready for Gamboa and now with a switch to Nyambayar?

This fight will show a lot about the trajectory of either fighter, and is one of the rare times we get a great boxing event on July 4th.

The undercard will feature Michel Rivera versus Jon Fernandez in WBA lightweight eliminator, Richardson Hitchins revealed he suffered an injury on fight week and will no longer face Darwin Price on the televised card.

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Lukie Ketelle

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