Hector Garcia succeeds Shocker, Outpoints Chris Colbert

The undefeated Dominican Olympian stuns the ultra-talented Brooklyn native, scoring a knockdown on his way to winning a unanimous decision on Saturday night in PBC’s main event on SHOWTIME.

Hector Garcia grew up in a household with five brothers and five sisters. If you didn’t act quickly, you would lose your place at the table. So when the opportunity arose a little over two weeks ago to replace WBA super featherweight title roster Roger Gutierrez against Chris Colbert, Garcia jumped to the table again.

It was a career change.

The Dominican Republic southpaw pulled off one of the biggest upsets of youngster 2022, dropping the vaunted and dominating Colbert to win a 12-round unanimous decision in a Premier Boxing Champions event on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing from The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Garcia (15-0, 10 KOs) easily won on the scorecards of Patricia Morse Jarman (119-108), Dave Moretti (118-109) and Steve Weisfeld (118-109). He had replaced Gutierrez, when the champion contracted COVID.

“When I was told three weeks ago that I was going to fight, I thought my life was going to change,” Garcia said. “I had to be at my best and I want to give a lot of credit to (trainer Ismael Salas) who gave me the confidence to say, ‘You can win this fight’.”

Colbert (16-1, 6 KOs), the southpaw super featherweight from Brooklyn, New York, made no apologies afterward.

“Tonight he was the better man,” Colbert said. “I want to take my defeats as a man. I want to hold my head up high. Let’s do it again. No no no. There was no disappointment. There are no excuses. I take my losses as I take my victories. Everyone puts pressure on me. It’s not new. I want to get a rematch if I can. Congratulations to Hector and his team. They deserved this win tonight. I did not feel tonight.

Throughout the fight, Colbert went from right-handed to left-handed. He worked behind his cuckoo high guard and was uncharacteristically content to stay in the pocket and ready to trade as opposed to boxing his strength. Garcia was the aggressor, outplaying Colbert and enjoying those moments.

Colbert didn’t really help either by leaning against the ropes and soaking up the punches. After the fifth, Colbert’s coach Aureliano Sosa gave him stern words for doing it.

Colbert heeded Sosa’s words, standing tall and boxing. Then, with 1:15 to go in the seventh, Colbert was caught with his square feet and walked straight into a counter from Garcia left hand to the chin, sending Colbert crashing to the canvas for the first time in his career. to everyone’s shock.

“I told them not to fall asleep, because I have power in both my arms,” ​​Garcia said. “That was the key. I came back with that powerful shot and knocked him down.

Garcia didn’t let go. He pressed Colbert into the corner and what once seemed easy was reaching dangerous ground for Colbert. In 9th, Colbert went back to left-handed, and Garcia remained relentless. Colbert pitched sparingly in the championship rounds as Garcia took a big win on points.

“In the ninth or tenth round, I don’t remember, but I hit him so hard with a body shot and after that I knew I had it, he wasn’t going to be a boxer anymore” , said Garcia. “I want to fight Gutierrez. I worked too hard for this position.

Gary Antuanne Russell arrests Viktor Postol

Gary Antuanne Russell has been pushed for perhaps the first time in his career, but the 25-year-old budding super lightweight superstar has found a way. He kept his stoppage streak alive by stopping 38-year-old 140-pound former WBC world champion Viktor Postol (31-4, 12 KOs) for the first time in his career at 2:31 of the 10th round .

Russell, a little swollen around the eyes, staggered Postol with :38 left in the fight with a right hook. Postol retreated to a corner, where Russell (15-0, 15 KOs) followed up and kept battering. Referee Michael Ortega’s stoppage seemed premature but Postol was visibly injured when he was stopped.

In the end, Russell led 89-82 on judges’ scorecards Glenn Feldman and Lisa Giampa, and 88-83 on Tim Cheatham’s scorecard.

When asked if the fight should have been stopped, Russel said: “Definitely, small gloves, lots of contact, very physical here and the judges made the right decision (stopping it. I think my toughest opponent is myself. We train and do what we’re told to do. Honestly, it took me a little longer to execute this, but I did it.

Russell showed great compassion before and after the fight against Postol, whose family is in Ukraine during the Russian invasion.

“We’re in the casualty area, but my hats off to (Postol) because he has family at home and there’s shelling,” Russell said. “He is at war. His family and his country are at war, literally. But when we step into that place, it’s our job as participants to block it all out. This man came to hurt me and I came to hurt him.

Postol immediately left for Ukraine after the fight.

“I just couldn’t do what I wanted to do in the ring,” he said. “My legs weren’t there and my arms weren’t there like I needed. I’ve fought way better fighters than Gary Russell, but for some reason I haven’t been there. able to perform to my ability. I came here to win tonight. Unfortunately, I couldn’t achieve my goal.”

Fernando Martinez shocks Jerwin Ancajas to win IBF Super Flyweight title

The emotion escaped from Fernando Martinez. He had battled and overcome alcoholism and depression after the untimely death of his father Abel in 2016.

Now he is world champion.

In the first televised fight, Martinez fought and defeated Filipino southpaw Jerwin Ancajas who was making his 10th defense of the IBF Super Flyweight title. There was no question who won, with judges Max DeLuca (117-111), David Sutherland (118-110) and Steve Weisfeld (118-110) each seeing it for Martinez (14-0, 8 KOs) .

“It’s very emotional for me,” Martinez said. “My mother, my children, my father. There are so many things that excite me right now. I am at a loss for words. It’s a dream come true. I realized my father’s dream. He’s not here tonight but he always said I’d be here someday. And now I will be able to buy a house for my mother.

“I haven’t even fallen to earth yet. It was my dream since I was 11! Before the fight, I wondered what it would be like to bring the belt back to my mother in Argentina. I realized this dream. The pose I do after the fight is because my mom and dad are tattooed on each arm and I want the world to see them. Everything I do, I do for them.

Martinez showed he wasn’t intimidated in the first round, throwing a few left hooks to Ancajas’ body, and capped off the first round nicely by pairing a few left hooks to the head.

And so on.

In the second, it looked like southpaw Ancajas had found his range. Still, Martinez was more active. Ancajas (32-2-2, 22 KOs) had plenty of moments in the third and fourth, upping his work rate.

From then on, Martinez took command. In the seventh, Martinez had imposed a penalty at the rate of 201-96 on the limit of power shots. After the round, Ancajas had been in such a hole that his coach, Joven Jimenez, hit him with the shocking news that he was losing.

Nothing changed for the rest of the fight as Martinez continued to outplay Ancajas and land an alarming number of power punches.

Martinez threw 1,046 total punches, landing 427 (41%), easily outpacing Ancajas’ production (192/816, 24%). The biggest disparity came in power shots. Martinez plowed Ancajas with 421/833 (51%) to Ancajas’ shorter technical approach (170/548, 31%).

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