Chris Colbert to Defend Interim Title Against Contender Jaime Arboleda
WBA interim super featherweight champion Chris Colbert will defend the belt against Jaime Arboleda this weekend in Connecticut.
Updated: Dec. 11, 2020 • 8:45 AM ET
Uncasville, Conn. will host this weekend's WBA interim super featherweight title fight.
The WBA interim super featherweight title will be on the line this Saturday, as undefeated champion Chris Colbert defends the title against rising contender Jaime Arboleda in Uncasville, Conn.
The 24-year-old Colbert (14-0, 5 KOs) is coming off a unanimous decision win over former champion Jezzrel Corrales for the vacant belt in January. He entered the bout on the heels of an impressive first-round knockout of multiple time title challenger Miguel Beltran Jr. in September 2019, a performance that caught the attention of the boxing world.
Colbert, however, is attempting to make his name known worldwide, and a win on Saturday would put him in the position as one of the hunted in his division. A win over Arboleda could also set Colbert up for a fight with one of the other elite fighters in the division.
“This is one of the most stacked divisions in boxing and I love competing in it,” Colbert said via 15Rounds.com. “It’s great to be getting noticed in a division that has this much talent, and hopefully it’ll lead to me getting the big fights that I need. I don’t feel like there’s any certain fighter I’m targeting, but Gervonta Davis, Leo Santa Cruz and Jamel Herring would all be great fights for me. Beating them would help me become ‘the guy’ in the division.”
In his last fight, Colbert believes he showed that he’s still improving.
“Against Corrales, I learned not to rush,” Colbert said. “It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. I can’t just go rush in there and expect everyone to get knocked out. I had to take my time, do what I do best and stick to my game plan.”
Colbert has had a different approach to training due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but he thinks it has better prepared him for Arboleda.
“Training camp has been going great, for the most part,” Colbert said. “It’s just been a little hard finding sparring partners. But because it’s been difficult to find fighters at my weight, I’ve actually been sparring with 147- and 154-pound fighters.
“I honestly love that, because it prepares me better, and who’s to say that Arboleda won’t have power like them? I’m on weight now, though, and ready to put on a show on December 12.”
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Colbert has the look and skills to draw the attention of mainstream boxing fans, so a dominant performance and finish of Arboleda could put him over the top.
Meanwhile, Arboleda (16-1, 13 KOs) has won six straight fights since Recky Dulay knocked him out in 2017. He most recently defeated Jayson Velez by split-decision in February, the first time the hard-hitting Panamanian had gone to a decision since 2015.
The 26-year-old Arboleda believes he knows what he has to do to defeat Colbert.
“I have to cut off the ring, keep him on the ropes, and work the body,” Arboleda said via Premier Boxing Champions. “I have to slow him down.”
Arboleda will have a size and reach advantage, but Colbert has shown a speed advantage over all of his opponents. The biggest struggle for Arboleda will be actually getting to Colbert to implement his game plan. Colbert’s biggest assets are his ability to not get hit and his aggressive style in the later rounds, like he displayed against Corrales.
• How to watch/start time: The main card can be seen on Showtime at 9 p.m. EST this Saturday.