“I Had to Use My Muhammad Ali Tactics”- WBA Interim Super-Featherweight Champion Chris Colbert Outclasses Tugstsogt Nyambayar

Published 07/04/2021, 6:00 AM EDT


Chris Colbert bagged a landslide win against Tugstsogt Nyambayar in a 12-round battle. ‘Primetime’ capitalized on his defense, world-class footwork, and striking finesse to retain his WBA Interim Super-Featherweight belt. With his successful title defense, the undefeated champion elevated his win-streak to 16-0. The judges scored the contest 117-111, 118-110, and 118-110 in his favor.

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While the judges’ scorecards reflected an easy win for the reigning champ, Colbert acknowledged that ‘King Tug’ hit hard, and appreciated him for taking the fight on short notice. Nyambayar opened strong in the first two rounds; however, Colbert put his double guard to use and capitalized on the jabs to secure a win.

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The name of the game is to hit and not get hit. So, I had to use my Muhammad Ali tactics. ‘Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.’

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In boxing, the jab will set you free. It will get you in trouble and out of trouble sometimes,said Chris ‘Primetime’ Cobert.

What’s next for Chris Colbert?

ESPN’s Mike Coppinger posited that although Nyambayar failed to put up a square competition, Colbert’s striking did not have a major impact on ‘King Tug’. While Chris Colbert landed effective jabs and impressive three-punch combinations, he maintained distance and boxed from the outside for all 12 rounds.

This begs the question, will Colbert’s current boxing approach fair well against Gervonta Davis, the current 130 lbs WBA champion? In his recent win against Mario Barrios, Gervonta Davis displayed power, striking agility and excellent movement. Chris Colbert’s current approach of delivering constant jabs and maintaining distance might have similarities with Mario Barrios’ last game plan; however, Gervonta Davis holds the key to that approach.

“Maybe at 135 we end up meeting and I think that’d be a hell of a fight, sold out event. American superstar vs American superstar, so why not?” said Colbert.

While ‘Tank’ Davis also has the option of fighting Ryan Garcia at 135 lbs, ‘Primetime’ Colbert mentioned he would welcome a fight with Davis at lightweight. Chris Colbert added it might not happen immediately, but he expects it to take place, eventually. However, Floyd Mayweather‘s recent announcement of Gervonta Davis sticking to PBC and Mayweather Promotions might backtrack or hinder Chris Colbert’s plans to fight the Maryland native.

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Regardless of who Chris Colbert fights next, he will indubitably differentiate himself with his top-notch speed, agility, and movement.

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Who would you like to see Chris Colbert fight next?

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