Undefeated interim WBA tremendous Featherweight Champion Chris “Primetime” Colbert scored an announcement knockout victory Saturday evening, dropping challenging contender Jaime Arboleda 3 times en path to the eleventh circular win reside on tonight’s SHOWTIME BOXING: particular version from Mohegan sun area in Uncasville, Conn. in an event presented by means of Premier Boxing Champions.
at the end of an motion-packed ninth round, the flashy Colbert (15-0, 6 KOs) despatched the WBA No. 4 ranked Arboleda (sixteen-2, 13 KOs) to the canvas for the fourth time in his career when he caught him with a vicious left hook. Arboleda survived, but in circular eleven Colbert knocked Arboleda down twice early within the round and adopted up with an unanswered flurry that satisfied referee Steve Willis to cease the combat at 1:37 of the penultimate circular.
“I dominated the complete battle,” stated Colbert. “I likely gave him two rounds, however that was with the aid of choice. I just wanted to build his self assurance as a result of I knew i used to be going to cease him in the later rounds. I came to exhibit the a hundred thirty-pound division that i will be able to punch. I’m here and that i’m right here to dwell.
“I’m greater than just a flashy boxer. i can stand in there and bang. i do know there were shut rounds within the battle, but I understood that as it become happening. It changed into part of the game plan. I knew what i was doing. i used to be wearing him down to knock him out late. I did what I referred to I’d do.”
Colbert became docked a degree for a low blow in the eighth round and at the time of the stoppage all three judges scored each and every circular identically and had Colbert ahead ninety eight-ninety.
“I simply saved my head up after the deduction and kept coming robust,” stated Colbert. “I had to come out here and placed on a dominating efficiency. I talk a great deal, so I had to make certain I backed it up.”
The Panamanian Arboleda changed into the a lot busier fighter in Saturday’s leading experience, throwing essentially 300 more punches (709-411) than Colbert. despite the fact, Brooklyn’s Colbert out-landed Arboleda 184-153 and relied closely on his lightning short hand speed and chic defense to stymie Arboleda’s attack.
The 24-12 months-historic Colbert, who turned into making his SHOWTIME debut in his first televised main adventure, proved that he’s a valid hazard within the talent-heavy a hundred thirty-pound division.
in the co-main experience, gifted up-and-coming tremendous lightweight prospect Richardson Hitchins (12-0, 5 KOs) remained unbeaten, scoring a cut up-resolution victory over former world champion Argenis Mendez (25-6-3, 12 KOs). Two judges scored the 10-round contest ninety eight-92 and ninety nine-ninety one in desire of Hitchins, whereas one decide scored it 97-93 in Mendez’s favor.
The Brooklyn, N.Y. native Hitchins, who represented his folks’ domestic nation of Haiti within the 2016 Olympics, used his impressive jab to counteract Mendez’s vigor punches. The 23-year-ancient Hitchins landed 57 of his 198 jabs thrown compared to Mendez’s 12 of ninety. Mendez landed eighty of his 256 power punches, including 44 shots to the physique, in comparison to Hitchins’ 60 energy punches landed out of 135 thrown. Mendez came on late in the combat and became more active over the 2nd half of the bout, however became unable to beat Hitchins’ jab.
“I expense my performance a B-plus,” pointed out Hitchins, who fights out of the Mayweather Promotions strong. “I consider I may have misplaced one round. I could have gotten an A if I put a bit more harm on him, but I knew his protection could be tight. I’ve watched him seeing that i was a child. I knew he turned into a wise fighter. With the amount of experience I even have compared to him, it become an excellent efficiency.
“Now I even have my first world champion below my belt just 12 fights in. It’s a massive honor. I haven’t been boxing as long as he’s been knowledgeable. I’m proud of myself.”
within the telecast opener, Ronald Ellis (18-1-2, 12 KOs) became triumphant through fifth-round TKO after 37-12 months-old veteran contender Matt Korobov (28-four-1, 14 KOs) suffered a combat-ending harm in his 2nd straight appearance. within the fourth circular, Korobov injured his left Achilles and in advance of the birth of the fifth round, the battle changed into stopped upon the assistance of the ringside health care professional.
on the time of the compelled stoppage, Korobov turned into ahead on two of the judges’ scorecards, with the third having it even after the 4 achieved rounds. Over the first three rounds, Korobov landed two extra punches than Ellis (22-20) and within the fourth round, Korobov upped his output, throwing a battle-excessive 56 punches with eleven connects.
The bout become contested at super middleweight after the 31-yr-ancient Ellis got here in 5 pounds above the middleweight limit at Friday’s professional weigh-in. In Korobov’s ultimate bout, he suffered a left shoulder injury and changed into unable to proceed against Chris Eubank Jr.
“i know he dies out in the later rounds so i was going to step on it in the second half of the combat,” referred to Ellis, a local of Lynn, Mass. “It’s been a while and i comprehend that this wasn’t my gold standard efficiency. He’s awkward, he’s a southpaw. He wasn’t giving me that plenty however i used to be attempting to beat him through a couple of punches each round. I heard the announcers say that I wasn’t throwing as plenty as I constantly do but i was giving what i used to be getting. After I heard that, I stepped it up. as soon as I noticed that his leg changed into damage, i was fearful we were going to the scorecards because he could have grabbed early rounds.”
In non-televised undercard action, totally considered featherweight prospect David Navarro scored a primary-round KO for the 2d time in as many knowledgeable appearances. The 21-12 months-old los angeles native opted to forgo the opportunity to symbolize the U.S. at next summer’s Olympic games in Tokyo, and has in view that displayed his vigour with two first-round KOs within the span of two months.
Saturday’s SHOWTIME BOXING: particular version telecast will replay on Monday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME extreme.
An business leading construction group and announce crew delivered the entire points of interest, sounds and drama from Mohegan solar arena. Veteran broadcaster Brian Custer hosted the telecast. Versatile fight sports voice Mauro Ranallo referred to as the motion ringside alongside hall of repute analyst Al Bernstein and three-division world champion and Olympian Abner Mares proposing professional evaluation. Two hall of Famers rounded out the SHOWTIME telecast group – unofficial ringside scorer Steve Farhood and world-favourite ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. The telecast changed into accessible in Spanish by way of Secondary Audio Programming (SAP) with former world champion Raul Marquez and sportscaster Alejandro Luna calling the motion. The executive Producer became David Dinkins, Jr., the Producer became Ray Smaltz and the Director became Chuck McKean.
The event turned into promoted via TGB Promotions and Sampson Boxing. Hitchins vs. Mendez turned into co-promoted through Mayweather Promotions.