On January 18th on Fox and Fox Deportes live in primetime from Temple University's Liacouras Center, Chris "Prime Time" Colbert (pictured) will take on former WBA super champion Jezreel Corrales for the WBA interim belt at super featherweight. Colbert (13-0, 5 KOs) showed off his emerging power with a one-punch knockout of Miguel Beltran Jr. in the first round of his most recent fight in September on FS1. The 23 year-old from Brooklyn, New York had an impressive amateur career and has already taken down three unbeaten fighters in his short pro career. He will look to kick off a big 2020 on January 18th after earning four wins in 2019. [The WBA already has super champion and regular champion in the division, so this is a third-tier title].
"This is the stage that I've been waiting for," said Colbert. "My last fight was the co-main event on FS1 and now we're moving up to FOX. It's time to show out! I'm going to show the world what the hype behind me is all about and prove that I'm a soon-to-be champion of the world. All I know about Corrales is that he's a former champion who's going to bring his A-game, but I'm looking to get him out of there. I'm excited to be back in Philly and I'm definitely going to have my crew and fans coming down from New York to show support."
The 28 year-old Corrales (23-3, 9 KOs) will look to rebound after a narrow split-decision defeat to Ladarius Miller in July. Fighting out of San Miguelito, Panama, Corrales won a super featherweight title in 2016 when he went to Japan and knocked out Takashi Uchiyama before winning a decision in their rematch. He also owns victories over current WBA 130-pound regular champion Rene Alvarado and Robinson Castellanos.
"Colbert is a good fighter but he's not ready for what I can do in the ring," said Corrales. "I'm going to show that I'm still one of the best in the division. This is a great opportunity to prove that. I've been training hard to be the best Jezreel Corrales. Thank you to my whole team for helping me get this fight. You're not going to want to miss my performance on January 18th."