Chris Colbert has a brand new opponent on February 26.
The rising junior light-weight will now face Hector Luis Garcia in a conflict of unbeaten contenders, a supply confirmed to The Ring Saturday evening. Boxing scribe Julius Julianis was the primary to interrupt the story.
The 12-round bout will happen at The Cosmpolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada and can headline a three-bout ‘Showtime Championship Boxing’ telecast (9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT).
Colbert was initially scheduled to face Roger Gutierrez of Venezuela, however Gutierrez withdrew from the battle earlier this week after testing constructive for COVID-19. Garcia was seemingly a handful of fighters that had been contacted and permitted within the occasion both fighter contacted the virus, as has been the case with earlier Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) playing cards all through the pandemic.
Gutierrez was scheduled to defend his WBA title in opposition to Colbert in a conflict between fighters ranked within the top-10 by The Ring. Colbert and Gutierrez are ranked No. 5 and 6, respectively.
In his final bout on July 3, Colbert (16-0, 6 knockouts) defeated Tugstsogt Nyambayar by unanimous resolution. In his earlier battle in December 2020, Colbert broke down Panama’s Jaime Arboleda earlier than stopping him in spherical 11.
The 25-year-old from Brooklyn, New York additionally has wins over Jezzrel Corrales and Miguel Beltran.
Garcia (14-0 2 NC, 10 KOs), who resides in San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic, defeated Isaac Avelar of Mexico by unanimous resolution in his final bout on December 18. The victory over Avelar happened virtually 5 months after Garcia stopped Miguel Moreno in spherical 4.
The 30-year-old additionally confronted an unbeaten fighter in July 2019, defeating Anvar Yunusov by split-decision.
Within the co-feature, unbeaten junior welterweight Gary Antuanne Russell (14-0, 14 KOs), a 2016 U.S. Olympian who resides from Capitol Heights, Maryland, will sq. off in opposition to former WBC world titleholder Viktor Postol (31-3, 12 KOs) in a 10-round bout.
Opening the Showtime telecast shall be IBF junior bantamweight titleholder Jerwin Ancajas (33-1-2, 22 KOs) of the Philippines defending his IBF junior bantamweight title in opposition to Argentina’s Fernando Martinez (13-0, 8 KOs) in a 12-round bout.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has lined boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He may be reached by e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing