Chris Colbert Set to Regain Super Featherweight Title, But First: Jose Valenzuela
Chris Colbert may be facing Jose Valenzuela at lightweight on March 25, but the former WBA super featherweight champion has his sights set on regaining his title at 130 pounds. Colbert lost the belt to Hector Luis Garcia last year, but he plans to take it back before returning to lightweight for good. His fight against Valenzuela is a chance to re-establish himself after the Garcia defeat and prove that he’s still one of the best in his division.
Colbert sees his upcoming fight with Valenzuela as an opportunity to show the world that he’s a force to be reckoned with. “I don’t like swimming with fishes. I like swimming with sharks,” he said during a virtual press conference. “So, that’s what I’m coming to do March 25th, swim with sharks, and try to swim and don’t get wet.”
Valenzuela, who suffered his first professional loss in September, is no pushover. The Washington-based fighter is taller than Colbert, has fought at lightweight for most of his career, and is known for his punching power. But Colbert isn’t worried. He’s confident that he can beat Valenzuela and prove that he’s still one of the best in the business.
After the fight with Valenzuela, Colbert plans to return to the super featherweight division and take on Garcia in a rematch. Despite being the favorite in their first bout, Colbert was dominated by Garcia and lost by unanimous decision. Colbert sees the rematch as a chance to prove that the first fight was a fluke and regain his title.
“I gotta go back down and get my belt, man,” he said. “I gotta get what’s mine, what’s rightfully mine, and that’s to beat up on what’s his name again? Yeah, Hector Luis Garcia. I gotta beat up on that guy first. And then I can come up and fight at 135.”
Colbert’s fight with Valenzuela is part of the undercard for the David Benavidez-Caleb Plant fight on March 25. The fight will be televised on Showtime Pay-Per-View and is sure to be a must-see event for boxing fans.