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“Li’l B Hop” Chris Colbert Beats Titus Williams At Barclays

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NYC had a young gun faceoff at Barclays Center Saturday night, an early career crossroads tango.

Chris Colbert took his 6-0 mark into the ring with Titus Williams, 7-0, repping Long Island.

The Brooklyner Colbert, aka Lil B Hop, was too fast of foot and fist, over eight rounds elapsed in a featherweight clash.

The judges did the right thing, and awarded it UD8 to Colbert, by scores of 79-72, 79-72, 78-73.

In round one, a hand speed edge was apparent for Colbert.

In the second, Colbert landed a clean lead right, the crowd wowed. His jab was peppery, his hands quicker. Colbert was bombing on him late. Colbert glared and grinned as he strolled to his corner, pleased as punch. To round three, we saw Williams do better, by coming forward. Colbert was backed up and had to adjust. He did, late. In the fourth, Colbert had the lead left low, gave feints, and looked to be the dominant athlete early. Down went Williams, and he hopped up, alert, with 20 seconds to go. A check hook did it.

To round 5; Colbert was in command. He pumped a swift jab, yapped at Williams, and he went lefty late. He was cocky but rightfully so, he was leading clearly. In round six, Colbert landed that jab and was clowning Williams. He was winning rounds, round after round. He had his hands low, any lower they’d call a knockdown on him. In round seven, Williams stalked, but a step behind the more mobile man. Colbert was having fun, light on his feet, dancing with delight. In the eighth and final round, Colbert boxed smart, knowing he’d need to be knocked out to lose.  Titus pressed late, and the crowd picked up. But he couldn’t land that clean game changer. We went to the cards…

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