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.”
For the third fight on the undercard, Money Powell IV had no trouble against Christian Aguirre despite his dirty tactics throughout their six-round super middleweight bout.
After Aguirre threw a left punch well after the fifth-round bell, Powell responded by knocking him out in devastating fashion the following round.
Powell connected on a monster counter left hook to send Aguirre to the canvas and end the bout in the sixth round. Powell improved to 10-0 with six knockouts.
The final fight on the undercard was a back and forth junior middleweight battle between Shawn Owens and Alexis Gaytan.
There were cuts, a lot of blood and a knockdown, but in the end it was the hometown fighter who got the nod. Owens improved his record to 10-2 after a split decision with scores of 77-74, 75-76 and 76-75.
With blood gushing out of his right eye, Gaytan got back into the fight by knocking down Owens with a right hook during a wild exchange in the third round. Owens, a Minneapolis native, survived the round and gave Gaytan a fight to the finish.
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.
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