The one takeaway of this weekend’s boxing was Chris Colbert. The undefeated welterweight prospect made everyone’s best knockout list with a first-round stoppage over Miguel Beltran Jr. Saturday night. Colbert’s match led into the upset loss of Peter Quillin to Alfredo Angulo.
Colbert (13-0, KOs) in the co-main event of the Premier Boxing Champions broadcast coming from the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, California went into the ring sporting “Primetime” attire, paying homage to the nickname of former MLB outfielder and NFL Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders.
This match itself may have elevated Colbert to “Primetime” status as in the closing seconds of the first round, he landed a one-hitter, quitter right onto the ear of Beltran who fell face first. No count was needed as the former title contender Beltran (33-8, 22 KOs) was immediately down and out for several minutes and attended to by ringside physicians.
CHRIS. COLBERT. OH MY GOODNESS. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/l4NHq3UlX8
— FOX Sports: PBC (@PBConFOX) September 22, 2019
Sanders called Colbert the day of the fight. In an interview with Champside after the first-round stoppage, Colbert explained:
“He (Sanders) called me today for the first time I spoke with Deion Sanders,” Colbert said to Champside. “He called and told me I’m special. He knows I’m special. He tuned in tonight and watched Primetime answer.”
Colbert after the fight stated that knockout felt great.
“It feels good cause a lot of people mistake that I don’t have power, “Colbert told Champside. “The thing is with me is that I box a lot. I don’t sit on my punches. I punch and move at the same time, but I know I can hurt people. I spar with people at 147 pounds, 154 pounds and I fight at 130.”
Colbert hinted that his next fight is in December for a WBA interim title and is hoping that Sanders will be at his fight. After that knockout, I hope Deion takes him up on that ringside walk.