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Chris Colbert says, "He is a dangerous man when he gets in the ring"

Chris “Primetime” Colbert (16-0) is set to face off against the Dominican boxer, Hector Garcia, in a battle for the WBA Super Featherweight belt next Saturday. The fight will be premiered on a SHOWTIME netcast and will feature two of the most prominent athletes in the game today. After Colbert’s initial opponent tested positive for COVID-19, Hector Garcia was tasked with this bout. The 14-0 Garcia will put his unbeaten streak on the line during this fight. However, if he could take the belt from Colbert, it would be the biggest victory of his career so far.

Chris Colbert is undoubtedly already a rising star in boxing, and has one of his biggest tests yet. “Primetime” qualified for the Olympics before the age of 18, has been the interim super featherweight title holder, and has dominated within the lightweight division. As a fighter, he is quick, agile, and also has a ton of power, seen when he fought Miguel Beltran Jr. Colbert impressively knocked out Beltrán with his right hand, with less than 20 seconds left in the first round. He may be flashy, and has a certain flamboyance in his aura, but Colbert is the complete package and backs up his “Showtime” personality with his skills in the ring.

As for Hector Garcia, he’s taking this fight on short notice. Roger Guitierrez tragically caught COVID-19, and was not able to participate in the fight as a result. After losing his mom before the fight, and then dealing with COVID after, it’s hard not to feel for Guitierrez. Hector Garcia is a versatile boxer, with a knack for striking. Under the tutelage of Amir Khillah, he’ll attempt one of the biggest, if not the biggest upset of his career. Garcia would not only put himself on the map with a win, but other Dominican boxers around the world as well.

Yesterday, there was a media workout hosted by Colbert and his team, at the NYC Cops and Kids Boxing Club. Colbert has harnessed his skills here since he was just thirteen, and showed off in front of a plethora of media and fans. Whether it was him jump-roping, to warm up with some cardio, breaking in the gloves with his trainer, or sparring with another boxer, Colbert gave us a glimpse of his speed and power. As a Brooklyn native, it must be nice for him to be back home before the fight. During the media session, I was able to ask him about a quote that was published in Fightmag. After being asked about Colbert, Hector Garcia said that he didn’t “consider Chris Colbert particularly dangerous.” I asked Chris Colbert what he thought about that quote and what his thoughts were on it. Here’s the quote below.

“I’m not dangerous, I’m a regular…I’m not dangerous, I just know how to win.” Colbert continues to emulate the confident persona he has, which he reflected in the presser versus Guitierrez as well. It’s clear that he is mentally and physically ready for Garcia, who is the only man stopping Colbert from adding another belt to his already-decorated career.

Colbert vs Garcia co-headlines a card that features another matchup between Viktor Postol and Gary Antuanne Russell. Russell represented the United States in the 2016 Olympics, while Postol is a Ukranian light-welterweight title holder from 2015-2016. Jerwin Ancajas will also defend his title against Fernando Martinez in the opener of this card, which starts at 10:00pm EST on February 26th.

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