Chris Colbert battles WBA 130-lb champion Roger Gutierrez on Feb.26th on SHOWTIME

Rising star Chris “Primetime” Colbert, whose combination of speed and power quickly made him a favorite, will be seeking his first world title when he faces WBA Super Featherweight Champion Roger “The Kid” Gutierrez in the SHOWTIME main event on Saturday, February 26 at the Premier Boxing Champions event of The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® kicks off at 10PM ET / 7PM PST and will see another young undefeated phenomenon appear in the co-main event. Gary Antoine Russell, 2016 US Olympian, faces former world champion Victor Postol in a 10-round ultra-lightweight bout, while IBF World Junior Heavyweight Champion Jeroen Ancagas defends his title against undefeated Argentine Fernando Martinez in the televised opener For the triple head tee.

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“We were thrilled to watch Chris Colbert evolve from potential to SHOWTIME contender, so it is only fitting that he gets a chance to take another step in his progression with a title shot against Roger Gutierrez on our network,” said Stephen Espinosa, Head of Sports Programs and Events, Showtime Networks Inc. Gary Antoine Russell follows a similar recipe for stardom. If he can step back from the ruthless Victor Postol, it will be another sign that his time in the spotlight may be soon. We’ve seen Jeroen Ancagas’ devastating talent on Showtime before. His title defense against Fernando Martinez should be a great start to a fantastic evening of boxing.”

Representing his native Brooklyn, New York, Colbert (16-0, 6 KOs) quickly climbed up the 130-pound rankings, battling high-profile competition in his first 16 pro fights. Already established as a fighter with amazing boxing skills, Colbert demonstrated his ability to fight from toe to toe with Jaime Arboleda’s 11th Round stoppage in December 2020 before most recently beating Tugstsogt Nyambayar in July 2021. Professional in 2015 and defeated three fighters who did not They are defeated in his first eight competitions. Before fighting Arboleda, Colbert scored a first-round knockout match against Miguel Beltran Jr in September 2019 and a dominant 12-round victory over former champion Gisele Corrales in January 2020.

“I’m very ready for a title,” Colbert said. “It’s been a long time, but it hasn’t been that shocking to me. That was always the expectation. I know Gutierrez would come to fight. He’s a hero for a reason. So he’s not coming to lie down. But I plan to thwart him and am willing to do whatever I have to do at 26 February to make this happen. I know a lot of people have been waiting to see when I get this shot and now it’s time.”

The 26-year-old Gutierrez (26-3-1, 20 KOs) claimed his world title by unanimously defeating Rene “Gimillo” Alvarado in January 2021, in a fight that saw his opponent drop three times. Gutierrez followed up that performance by defending his world championship and defeating Alvarado for a second time in August 2021, once again earning a unanimous decision. Gutierrez is out of his native Maracaibo, Venezuela, unbeaten in his last seven matches, including four by knockout.

“First of all, I’d like to thank God, my mom, my team, my promoters, and the WBA for this opportunity,” Gutierrez said. “It cost me so much effort to win the world championship, this is my second title defense and I am ready to do my best to keep it. On February 26, I will show the world that I am the best at 130lbs.”

Russell (14-0, 14 KOs) has yet to allow his opponent to make the distance since he turned professional in 2017 after running for the United States at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. Russell added five more wins in injury time in 2019 before losing to Jose Marovo in the first round in February 2020. The 25-year-old recently dominated Giovanni Santiago in May at Showtime, en route to the sixth round by stoppage. Russell comes from one of the sport’s prominent fighting families and trains alongside his older brothers, former WBC Featherweight Champion Gary Jr. And bantamweight competitor Gary Antonio.

“I will make sure to be mentally prepared and ready to perform at a high level for this fight,” Russell said. “These fights come down to people who are more mentally stable, and it’s a matter of training. I train my brain as much as I do physically. I’ve watched Postol fight before and I know he’s a European-style long-range fighter. He likes to keep his distance and that suits him better. It depends on his strength.” Every fight I came in planning to make a statement. Expect, finish this fight in the fifth round.”

A fearsome contender in the 140-pound division, Postol (31-3, 12 KOs) returns to the ring after losing a slim majority decision to then-United Champion Jose Ramirez in August 2020. Fighting out of California and hailing from Ukraine, Postol, defeated Lucas Matisse in 2015 to win the title World Ultra Lightweight Championship before losing the Unification showdown to Terrence Crawford. Postol has won three of his last five games, with the only defeats in that period against Ramirez and current undisputed champion Josh Taylor, both by decision.

“I accepted this fight as soon as it was offered,” Postol said. “I haven’t fought in a while and wanted to get back in the ring as quickly as possible. I’m especially excited to have the chance to take on a good young opponent on February 26.”

Ancagas representing the Philippines (33-1-2, 22 KOs) was only 15 years old when boxing legend Manny Pacquiao spotted him. The young fighter thrived on Pacquiao’s guidance, becoming the first world champion under Pacquiao’s promotional banner when McJoe selected Arroyo for the IBF title in September 2016. The 30-year-old Southpaw has not lost since then and will claim his 10th title defense, following a unanimous decision in April 2021 over Jonathan Rodriguez.

“I am delighted to be back in Showtime to defend my world title on February 26,” Ancagas said. “It is so exciting to be defending my 10th world title in the first Las Vegas fight of my career. I would like to thank my entire team for giving me this great opportunity to fight in this PBC event at SHOWTIME.”

A Buenos Aires, Argentina resident (13-0, 8 KOs) recently defeated Gonzalo Duran in the fourth round of their encounter in August 2021 and will make his US debut on February 26. The 30-year-old moved up the rankings by stopping Athenkosi Dumezweni in his native South Africa in 2019, followed by a decision on Angel Aquino in December 2020. Martinez went pro in 2017 and holds an amateur win over former title contender and super flyweight contender Andrew Moloney. .

“I am excited to have this amazing opportunity to show my skills on the big stage in Las Vegas,” Martinez said. “I will leave everything in the ring on February 26 and give all the fans an exciting fight. My goal is to become the world champion and this is the night for me to prove myself.”

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