Fight Preview: Chris Colbert vs. Miguel Beltran Jr.

Tomorrow night, fast rising prospect, Chris “PrimeTime” Colbert (12-0, 4KOs) will be taking a big step up in competition to face Miguel Beltran Jr (33-7. 22KOs) at Rabobank Theater in Bakersfield, California. Colbert has been super active in 2019. This will be his 4th fight so far this year and he said that he wants to fight again before the year is over. His activity level gives him a big advantage going into this fight.

Beltran vs Gamboa Hiighlights from November of last year.

Miguel Beltran is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to Yuriorkis Gamboa (30-2, 18KOs) back in November of last year. That’s a long layoff, but Beltran has two advantages coming into this fight – power and experience. It’s not going to be enough but he’s a very gritty fighter, and maybe he can make Colbert dig a little bit. Beltran is best known for a split-decision loss to then world super featherweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (30-4-3, 18KOs) . The question is, can Beltran channel that version of himself again for this fight? After a year long layoff, and going 2-2 in his last four fights, I’m not so sure he’ll be able to fight at that level again. I think he can be competitive, make Colbert dig a little bit and show some heart behind all that flash.

Colbert’s fight in June against Alberto Mercado (16-2-1, 3KOs).

Chris Colbert is a fast rising, 22 year old prospect out of Brooklyn, New York. He’s a former golden gloves champion, and he qualified for the Olympics in 2016, but decided to go pro instead. Beltran would be his first notable opponent at the professional level. It’s considered a big step up for the young prospect. Colbert showcases a very slick, switch hitting style. He has a dangerous combo of speed and footwork to go along great counterpunching. Colbert is not known as a knockout artist and he’s more of a sweet science, pure boxer type, but he does have respectable power. I expect Beltran to go to his body and turn it into a gritty inside type of fight to slow down the boxing clinic we expect to see from the young Colbert.

Either Colbert is going to put on an absolute boxing clinic or Beltran will force Colbert to fight his fight. Either way, Colbert dominates this matchup. He’s too technical, too sharp, and possesses too many weapons. Beltran has power, heart and grit, but he has 7 losses on his record at age 30. There’s a reason for that. He’s somewhat of a gatekeeper now and Colbert is about to show everyone why his nickname is “Lil B-Hop”.

The fight will be the co-main event on the Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (34-1-1, 23KOs) vs Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (25-7, 21KOs) card. The PBC main event will be shown on Fox Sports 1 (FS1) beginning at 10:30 ET. The undercard will be shown on Fox Sports 2 (FS2) beginning at 8:30pm ET.

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