Chris Colbert Successfully defended his WBA “Interim” 130 pound title with a wide unanimous decision victory over late replacement Tugstsogh Nyambaya on Saturday night at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
The heavily favoured Colbert made the second defence of the WBA strap he earned with a sensational knockout victory over …… and now a unanimous decision over Nyambaya leaves him inline for a possible unification fight with WBA “Super” 130 Pound world champion Gervonta Davis, who most recently knocked out Mario Barrios in the 11th round.
The brash junior Lightweight showed superiority in speed and skill, dominating the one time title challenger and 2012 Olympian to earn wide scores on all scorecards – Judges Carla Caiz (118-110), Fernando Villarreal (118-110) and Zachary Young (117-111).
“He carried power for a 126-pounder,” Colbert admitted to Showtime’s Jim Grey after the fight. “Boxing is about hitting and not getting hit. I had to use my Muhammad Ali tactics and float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.”
Colbert quickly found his Jab early, mastering his range perfectly and connected on Nyambaya in almost all his attempt in the opening round but before then Nyambaya had a good start, charging towards the champ, putting speed and skill to his advantage.
The second round was more of the same, only Colbert switched his stance from orthodox to Southpaw, in his bid to evade the first round only to get caught with a big right. The start of round three saw Colbert return to the Orthodox stance but immediately got caught with an overhand right hand which forced him backwards into the ropes. Nyambaya couldn’t hold him there for a long time.
There was an accidental clash of heads in round four and round five. The first was Nyambaya’s fault, who tried to hold Colbert after getting caught with a right hand, instead bright his head down for the clash.