Unbeaten contender Chris Colbert gets his crack at the WBA super featherweight title.
Colbert will challenge Roger Gutierrez for the belt on Saturday, February 26. The event headlines the Showtime Boxing card from The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.
Along with Colbert-Gutierrez, Gary Antuanne Russell faces Viktor Postol and Jerwin Ancajas meets Fernando Martinez.
“We’ve had the pleasure of watching Chris Colbert develop from a prospect to a contender on Showtime, so it’s only fitting that he will get a chance to take yet another step in his progression with a title shot against Roger Gutierrez on our network,” said Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports and Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. “Gary Antuanne Russell is following a similar recipe for stardom. If he can turn back the tough-as-nails Viktor Postol, it will be another signal that his time in the spotlight may soon be at hand.
“We’ve seen the destructive talents of Jerwin Ancajas on Showtime before. His title defense against Fernando Martinez should be a barnburner and the perfect start to a fantastic night of boxing.”
Representing his native Brooklyn, N.Y., Colbert (16-0, 6 KOs) has quickly shot up the 130-pound rankings, taking on high-level competition in his first 16 pro fights.
Already established as a fighter with dazzling boxing skills, Colbert showcased his ability to fight toe-to-toe with an 11th-round stoppage of Jaime Arboleda in December 2020 before most recently besting Tugstsogt Nyambayar in July 2021. The 25-year-old turned pro in 2015 and defeated three unbeaten fighters in his first eight contests.
The 26-year-old Gutierrez (26-3-1, 20 KOs) captured his world title with a unanimous decision victory over Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado in January 2021, in a fight that saw him drop his opponent three times.
Gutierrez followed up that performance by defending his world championship and defeating Alvarado a second time in August 2021, again earning a unanimous decision. Fighting out of his native Maracaibo, Venezuela, Gutierrez is unbeaten in his last seven outings, including four knockouts.