By Tré Berry III🖊️
(Photo captures credited to Stephanie Trapp)
The co-main event on the Williams/Rosario card was between fast rising undefeated prospect 🇺🇸Chris “Primetime” Colbert (14-0-0, 5KO👊), and former WBA Super-Featherweight Titlist 🇵🇦Jezreel Corrales (23-4-0, 9KO👊). The fight didn’t exactly move the crowd at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but it served more as a stringent test of sorts of Colbert as Corrales brings a certain level of pedigree to the ring with him. Colbert did what was expected of him and worked his way towards a Unanimous Decision to where he would nab the vacant interim WBA Super-Featherweight Title, opening up a new plateau and plethora of top-end talent to now 🎯target.
01/18/2020 | The Fight Recap
Chris Colbert (also known as and aptly known as “Lil B Hop” due to his adulation of ♛🇺🇸Bernard Hopkins as a youth) came forward, while Jezreel utilized plenty of feints and foot movement. With both slicksters trying to out-slick each other, it provided some gaps in the entertainment portion of the contest, but then they committed to an offensive attack, the fight became interesting in those instances. Jezreel landed some cleverly set up left hands from the southpaw stances on Colbert, but those moments were too few, and far in between as Colbert did the brunt of the work during the bulk of the rounds, so he tallied up the points, sticking behind his cross, his jab, and upper body movement to get the job done. Colbert began to separate himself down the stretch, and seemed to thoroughly enjoy doing so, basking in the moment and with full comfortability instead of letting the stage shrink his performance. The man with the purple flat top stood in his corner between rounds, something that we don’t often see nowadays, so it’s just something interesting to note, as it is all a part of the Chris Colbert experience.
In round 10, while they were in a clinch, Colbert took a step back to land a left hook, and clipped Corrales on the temple with a right hook to put him down. Corrales got up with no problem, but from this point forward, Colbert started to let his hands go, and began to wing the right hand home, with more power, landing it effectively. The fight would go the full 12 rounds, and at the 🛎️final bell, they embraced center ring, as they had a lot of respect for each other. Colbert put on his sombrero hat post-fight, and to no surprise, he was given a Unanimous Decision (📝116-111, 117-110, 117-110). Upon hearing his name uttered as the victor, he yelled out in jubilation, understanding this to be his best moment to date. The future looks bright for the kid from Brooklyn, NY.
WHERE CAN COLBERT GO FROM HERE? – Well upon obtaining his (interim) WBA belt, he can look at the potential of getting a Title shot against 🇳🇮Felix Alvarado, who has the WBA (Regular) belt, or he could possibly look at hitting the jackpot and getting WBO (Super) Titlist 🇲🇽Leo Santa Cruz in with him. At this point, Colbert is beginning to make a name for himself with his talent, and unique air about him, so he can try to parlay that to increasing his profile to make his name more attractive to sought after the likes of the other major talents in the division. Looking at the hierarchy landscape at 130, in addition to the couple names already mentioned, you have WBC Titlist 🇲🇽Miguel Berchelt, IBF Titlist 🇺🇸Tevin Farmer, WBO Titlist 🇺🇸Jamel Herring, 🇺🇸Joseph Diaz Jr., 🇺🇸Andrew Cancio, and so forth, so the options are plentiful at the top level to keep the 23 year old prospect hungry and motivated towards success as he pursues Championship acclaim.