By Gilbert Manzano
Chris Colbert admitted that he didn’t bother doing research on his opponent Saturday. In some cases that comes back to haunt fighters, but the flashy super featherweight prospect knew what he was doing.
Colbert landed a massive left hand to rock Mario Briones before recording a second-round technical knockout at the Armory in Minneapolis for the FS2 prelims of the Peter Quillin-Caleb Truax undercard.
After dropping Briones with the memorable left hand, Colbert went for the finish and gave the crowd a wink as the referee stopped the bout.
“I’m not rushing and I’m not dodging anybody,” said Colbert, who’s mentored by the legendary Bernard Hopkins. “Anybody that they bring to the table and we can make money then we can make it happen.”
Colbert, a 22-year-old from Brooklyn, New York, improved to 11-0 with four knockouts.
The opening bout on the FS2 prelims card featured a pair of Mexican welterweights, but it was a lopsided affair.
Jose Miguel Borrego battered Hector Ambriz for 10 rounds to cruise to a unanimous decision (100-89, 100-89, 100-90).
Borrego quickly realized that he could handle Ambriz’s punches and constantly attacked from the inside and controlled the bout with his jab. Heading into the eighth round, Borrego had outlanded Ambriz 113 to 50. The final punches landed total was 170 to 72 in favor of Borrego.
Borrego, however, grew frustrated in the later rounds that he was unable to knockout his fellow Mexican. He nearly did after connecting on a powerful left hook in the final round.
“It’s not the act that I wanted, I wanted to show a little more, but we got the victory,” Borrego said. “You always want to get the knockout but I think the fans got a spectacular show.”
The main card tripleheader for Quillin-Truax is scheduled to air 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on FS1, starting with IBF middleweight title eliminator between Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Jack Culcay.