Chris Colbert Triumphs Over Jose Valenzuela in Hard-Fought Bout
On Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Chris “Primetime” Colbert returned to the ring after a long thirteen-month layoff and a bitter defeat. Colbert, a former WBA interim super featherweight champion, faced off against the hard-hitting talented lightweight contender Jose ‘Rayo’ Valenzuela.
Valenzuela came into the fight with a record of 12-1, and he was looking to bounce back from his recent loss against Deivi Julio Bassa. The 23-year-old fighter landed the harder shots and knocked Colbert down in the first round. However, the Brooklyn, New York native showed great resilience and settled down to dominate the second half of the fight with his boxing skills.
The judges scored the fight 95-94, 95-94, and 95-94 in favor of Colbert, who improved his record to 17-1 with six knockouts. Despite the narrow margin of victory, Colbert was confident that he had won the fight fair and square. Valenzuela, on the other hand, was bitter about the loss, which was his second in a row, putting his career on shaky ground.
“I beat him,” said Valenzuela. “I want to thank everyone who came out here to support me. I thought I won. I was hitting him with the harder shots. I dropped him. I dominated.”
Colbert acknowledged that Valenzuela landed some hard shots, but he countered effectively and showcased his boxing skills. “I knew it was a close fight. I’m an honest critic to myself. I knew it was a close fight,”
Colbert said at the post-fight press conference. “I said, ‘Damn, that knockdown might be a draw. I don’t want a draw. I need to win. In boxing, sometimes you’re going to win pretty, and sometimes you ain’t. Today, it wasn’t a pretty win, but it don’t matter. I got the win.”
Colbert also addressed Valenzuela’s sore loser mentality and made it clear that he has no intention of giving him a rematch. “F**k, no. He shouldn’t have been a sore loser. If he would have taken the loss like a man, I would have given him a rematch,” said Colbert. “I’m very convinced, and I said it. He ain’t getting a rematch because he’s a sore loser.”
Overall, the fight was a hard-fought battle between two talented fighters, with Colbert coming out on top. The victory puts him back on track to compete for a title in his natural weight class of 130 pounds. As for Valenzuela, he will need to regroup and bounce back from his recent losses if he wants to stay relevant in the sport of boxing.