Training Camp Check-In: Chris Colbert



Training Camp Check-In: Chris Colbert

The Super Featherweight division is really starting to become a weight class to pay close attention to. The current champions (Davis, Herring, Diaz, Berchelt) all have an interesting and fan friendly boxing style that will make for some intriguing matchups in the future.

A fighter looking to become one of those intriguing matchups is WBA Interim Super Featherweight Champion Chris “Prime Time” Colbert (14-0). Chris Colbert is a young fighter from New York, who is making some noise in the boxing world. He has made enough noise to get the attention of Showtime and place him as a headliner on their November 28th card.

As busy as Chris is with preparing for the fight, he made himself available for a few minutes to let the readers know what he has “cooking.”Literally!

AG: Chris, thank you for taking the time out from your training camp to do this interview. Can you give us a quick Bio blast?

CC: I am from Flatbush, Brooklyn and the middle child of 10 which means I was the bad one. My mother was a single mom and she worked hard to provide for us. Growing up in Brooklyn was rough.

AG: When were you first introduced to boxing?

CC: When I was 13 years old, I went to a gym to fight another kid not knowing there were going to be coaches and managers in there. After that, the rest is history.

For those that don’t know, you were featured on the boxing documentary “Counter Punch”. When looking back, how have you evolved as a person from then to now?

Chris was featured in this documentary directed by Jay Bulger.

CC: I don’t think much has changed other than being smarter and becoming a father to my son Prince. I have definitely evolved as a person and being a father has made me think about leaving a legacy for my son.

AG: Recently, Floyd Mayweather said that there are too many titles in boxing. What do you think about that and how did it feel to win the interim title in January?

CC: I agree with Floyd. There are too many titles but that’s what it is right now. It felt great winning the interim title, but I want the major straps.

AG: You have a special bond with your trainer Aureliano Sosa. Can you let the readers know about it?

CC: He is like a father to me. He practically raised me. He isn’t going anywhere, and I appreciate everything he has done for me.

AG: On the 28th on Showtime, you are fighting Jaime Arboleda (16-1) who is promoted by Sampson Boxing. What do you know about him?

CC: I don’t know anything about him. I know he has two arms and two legs. I don’t really get into watching fight tape because they aren’t going to fight the same way as they did in previously. I'm going to go in there and look for the knockout. If it doesn’t come, I’m going to beat his ass for 12 rounds.

AG: How does it feel headlining the Showtime card on Nov 28th?

CC: It feels great and I appreciate the opportunity but I want to headline even bigger fights.

AG: In the 130-pound division, you have champions like Tank Davis, Berchelt, Herring and JoJo Diaz. Not looking too far down the road, which ones of these fights is most appealing to you?

CC: I think Tank Davis and Jamel Herring would be the ones that I am most interested in. The Tank Davis fight would be a mega fight down the road. I would look at that fight as Floyd vs Arturo Gatti with Tank being Gatti and me being Floyd.

AG: I saw that you recently opened “Prime Time Chicken” in NJ. How does it feel being a business owner and what made you get into it?

Chris Colbert is investing into his future with this business venture.

CC: An opportunity presented itself for the restaurant and I took it. Outside of having to wake up really early in the morning, the business runs itself if done right.

AG: Lastly, do you have anything to say to the fans and where can people follow you?

CC: I just want to thank everyone for their support and if you are in New Jersey, stop by Prime Time Chicken and receive 10% off of your order if you reference this article.  You can follow me on twitter @_Primetime718, Instagram @officialprimetime718 and @primetimechicken.

My Three Cents:

Chris Colbert has the boxing skills and hand speed to become someone special within the Super Featherweight division. Only time will tell if he is able to build on this momentum he has and position himself to fight one of the stakeholders in the division.

Tune into Showtime on November 28th and see this young gun from Brooklyn display the boxing skills that placed him onto the main event.

You can follow me on Twitter @abeg718 and follow @nyfights on Instagram.

Born and raised in the Bronx, New York City, Abe grew up in a family who were and still are die-hard boxing fans. He started contributing boxing articles to NYF in 2017. Abe through his hard work, has made his way up the ranks and is now the editor at NYFights. He is also a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA).