Via Allan Fox: Chris Colbert will be up against Hector Luis Garcia in the WBA World Featherweight Championship on Feb. 26. It’s going to be interesting.
Other battles on the card:
Gary Antuane Russell vs. Viktor Postol – main support
Jerwin Ancajas vs Fernando Martinez, Argentinian
Last July, 25-year-old Cobert (6-0, 6 KOs) beat Tugstsogt Nyambayar by unanimous decision in 12 rounds. It was a good performance, but not exactly the most exciting match.
In Colbert’s three previous fights, he defeated these boxers:
- Jaime Arboleda
- Jezzrel Corrales
- Miguel Beltran
Colbert isn’t much of a puncher, so we’ll see if he can handle the power from Garcia, who has the strength and talent. Don’t be surprised if Colbert loses this fight, as he is a skillful level fighter.
Colbert is a good talker, but he lacks authority. His best chance at making a difference at the age of 130 is to steer clear of talented weightlifters like Shakur Stevenson, Oscar Valdez, and Shavkat Rakhimov.
Colbert’s supporters are suggesting he target WBA super featherweight champion Roger Gutierrez, as he is considered the weakest link among the 130-year-old champions in the eyes of many boxing fans.
Daniel Jacobs lost to John Ryder
Daniel Jacobs, 35, lost the decisive match in the 12th round last Saturday night to John Ryder at Alexandra Palace in London, England. Losing to Jacobs, though close, could be the end for him as a well-executed deed.
Jacobs (37-4, 30 KOs) spends most of the teamfight, making the fight difficult to watch. The referee dismissed former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Jacobs at half-time due to a lack of points.
“I thought it was very close. John started slow in the game but came back after that,” Matchroom’s Frank Smith told Boxing Social. “Danny is a seasoned boxer. He knows how to deal with him, but I think things can go both ways.
“Play fair with John Ryder. It’s his chance to get in there tonight and move on into the big, big nights he’s been waiting for so long.
“Danny Jacobs, you have to respect him. He went to London. He doesn’t have to do that. What he’s done in his career, he doesn’t need to go to London.
“The first part of the fight wasn’t so exciting, but it turned out to be profitable in the later rounds,” Smith said. Smith said: “Yes, great win for John Ryder.
David Morrell Jr. It will be difficult for Ryder
Frank talks about what’s next for Ryder. “Obviously, Canelo is holding the belt at 168, so we’ll have to see how that plays out.
“We’ve got David Morrell, the 168th champion with a WBA regular, so maybe that’s the way for him. [Ryder]. So let’s see how things go, and go back there, and we’ll make the biggest fight possible for John,” Smith said.
Smith didn’t say that the ONLY option Ryder had because of a WBA mandate was to take on ‘regular’ champion David Morrell Jr. (6-0.5 KO), and it wasn’t a good match for him.
Cuban Morrell is a very successful former amateur star, and he’s young at 24, full of energy, and not someone Ryder can count on to last all night like Jacobs.
It’s probably better for Matchroom Boxing to do another patch so Ryder gets a title because the chance of beating a talent like Morrell is virtually nil.
One possible avenue Ryder has is to have promoter Eddie Hearn use his friendship with Canelo to try and lure him into giving John a title/payday.
At least if Ryder fights that fight, he’ll earn life-changing money when he loses. If Ryder faces Morrell, the payoffs won’t be large, and he’ll definitely lose in that fight. Of course, Matchroom must know that.
Jacobs not retiring?
“I went to see him, and he’s obviously upset, but he feels like he still has a lot to offer,” Smith said during a conversation with Jacobs in the dressing room after the game.
“Whatever decision he makes, he deserves a lot of respect for what he’s done in his career and what he’s been through in life and the people he’s faced. . Let’s see what he chooses to do. Smith said.
What could lead to Jacobs retiring or not is if DAZN continues to give him well-paid mainline matches, letting him pick his opponent?
If Jacobs continues to be front-loaded on DAZN against the opposition of his choice, he is likely to continue his career because why is he retiring when he is making so much money?
Obviously, if DAZN doesn’t give Jacobs the main event slots, his salary will go down and it will be very difficult for him to get back into the typical positions due to his age and diminishing abilities. .