Chris Colbert vs Jaime Arboleda Preview Dec. 12th
Unbeaten WBA interim Junior Lightweight Champ Chris Colbert of Brooklyn, New York will be taking on Jaime Arboleda of Panama this Saturday, Dec. 12th. The 12-round bout from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut can be seen live in America on Showtime with Canadian fans having it on TSN and those in the UK on Premier Sports. Colbert won the interim title in January when he beat former world champion Jezzrel Corrales of Panama via a 12-round unanimous decision. Arboleda’s latest ring action took place in February when he got up from the canvas in the 12th round to take a split decision against Jayson Velez.
Colbert vs Arboleda Betting Odds
- Jaime Arboleda +750
- Chris Colbert -1400
Colbert is just 24-years-old and carries a perfect record of 14-0 with 5 Kos. He earned a shot at the interim title by stopping Miguel Beltran Jr in the first round for the vacant NABA-USA Lightweight Title in September, 2019. He’s fought 82 rounds since making his pro debut in 2015 following a fine amateur career. He was the Daily News Golden Gloves champion of New York City in 2014. He then won gold at the 2015 National Championships and qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials, but decided to turn pro as he believed there was too much politics in the amateurs.
Since turning pro his biggest wins have been over Corrales, Alberto Mercado and Beltran Jr. Colbert stands 5-feet-8-inches tall with a 71-inch reach with excellent speed and boxing skills. He’s got a good chin, but not much in the way of one-punch power though with a current knockout ratio of just 37.5 per cent. It hasn’t been a problem so far though since his slick boxing skills have enabled him to remain undefeated as a pro. And to be fair, he’s stopped two of his last four opponents, Beltran and Mario Briones.
As for Arboleda, he’s a 26-year-old native of Curundu, Panama who now fights out of Miami, Florida. He’s got plenty of power in his hands with a mark of 16-1 with 13 Kos for an impressive knockout ratio of 76.5 per cent. Arboleda made his pro debut in 2014 and has boxed 64 rounds since with his lone defeat coming at the hands of y via a third-round TKO in July, 2017. He stands just over 5-feet-9-inches tall with a 72-inch reach which gives him a 1.5-inch edge in height and one-inch advantage in reach over Colbert.
Arboleda beat Tony Gomez by a nine-round unanimous decision in September, 2015 for the vacant WBA FedaCaribe Super Featherweight Title after both fighters were knocked won in the first round and Gomez was down again in the second. He also won the vacant WBA Fedelatin crown a year later by stopping Eder Espetia in the fifth round. He’s also beaten the likes of Kenin Betancourt, Jose Saant, Victor Betancourt and Augusto Pinilla.
Colbert is a fine boxer with speed and entertaining skills who will be tested by the power of Arboleda. This should be a tough, fan-friendly fight and it’s one I think Colbert will win to retain his unbeaten record and interim belt.
I like Colbert’s edge in speed and skills in an entertaining contest.
Play: Colbert -1400 @ BetOnline.ag
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