Chris Colbert vs. Jaime Arboleda Fight Week Quotes
Unbeaten interim WBA Super Featherweight Champion Chris
“Primetime” Colbert and hard-hitting Jaime Arboleda
previewed their upcoming showdown taking place live on
SHOWTIME this Saturday, December 12 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions from
Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Also discussing their respective clashes were rising super
lightweight Richardson Hitchins and former champion Argenis
Mendez, who meet in the 10-round co-main event, and
middleweight contenders Ronald Ellis and Matt Korobov, who
battle in a 10-round duel to open the SHOWTIME BOXING:
SPECIAL EDITION telecast.
The event is promoted by TGB Promotions and Sampson Boxing.
Hitchins vs. Mendez is co-promoted by Mayweather Promotions.
Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:
“I didn’t watch film on Arboleda. I know he is going to come
game and I know his trainer is going to have him in great
shape and ready to fight. I am coming to execute my game
plan on Saturday night on SHOWTIME. I am just going to be me
– ‘Primetime’ – and this time on primetime TV.
“I feel I am one of the best at 130-pounds, but until I
prove that in the ring, I can’t consider myself the best in
the division yet. I want to get in there with the top five
guys. I know I can beat any champion in this weight class.
“I predict a dominating performance. My name is Chris
‘Primetime’ Colbert, I have to look spectacular every single
time. You never saw Deion ‘Primetime’ Sanders come out and
not look spectacular.”
“Chris is a very good fighter and a great boxer. He is in
the top of the division as far as his boxing skills. On
Saturday night, I am going to test him. I don’t think Chris
has been tested like I have. I was tested in my last fight
against Jayson Velez and came out victorious. Chris is not
as strong as Velez.
“Colbert’s biggest downfall will be his arrogance. He
doesn’t have the firepower to finish me with one punch. He’s
not a puncher like that. He picks his shots and moves. He’s
a boxer and I am a boxer-puncher.”
“After a year like this, I’m just ready to finish it off in
spectacular fashion. I was blessed to have two great
opportunities with SHOWTIME in 2020, now it’s time to do my
part and give the fans a show. I feel great and it’s going
to show on Saturday night.
“My opponent is going to come with everything he has and so
am I. I’m not making promises. I’m just going to show the
world my God-given ability and all the work I’ve put in. Be
sure to tune in to watch me and my brother Chris Colbert go
“They say Mendez is a tricky guy and a guy with a known
name. I don’t think he has that elite level experience. I
know deep in my heart that I am better than him and on
Saturday night, I will prove it.”
“Hitchins is not ready for this fight. In my last four
fights, I have fought fighters better than him. I think Juan
Heraldez and Anthony Peterson were better fighters. I have
watched him a lot and I don’t see anything special in him.
“During the pandemic I’ve been able to work on some things
that I needed to. I stayed in shape the whole time. I don’t
drink or smoke. I stay healthy. It wasn’t difficult to find
sparring. I have some tall, fast sparring partners who
helped me prepare.
“I want to dominate this young kid. I want to show you my
skills and show that I am still here, still dangerous and I
can still fight. I want to fight for a world title again.”
“Korobov is a slick boxer and he’s got a lot of experience,
but this fight is about me getting punches in bunches. If I
stay on him, it’s going to be hard for him to set up
“It’s been a year since his shoulder injury, but he’s on the
older side now so I doubt he’s fully recovered We’re going
to test that.
“My next fight after this is going to be big. That’s what I
am using this fight for. He is thinking he’s going to win
and try to get a rematch with Jermall Charlo. I am using it
for the same exact thing except it’s not a rematch, it will
be my first time against the big guys. I think I deserve to
be there and I think this fight is going to be my showcase.”
“It’s been exactly one year since my last fight. My shoulder
feels good and my preparation went well. I am in the best
shape I can be for this fight. I didn’t watch a lot of film,
but I studied enough to set my preparations for Saturday
night. I was more focused on the work that I needed to do in
the gym to get myself ready.
“After a couple of months of healing, my manager tried to
get the rematch with Chris Eubank Jr. but we got no answer
and had to move on to get back in the ring. Ronald Ellis was
the first name they brought up and I told them, ‘yes,’ right
away. I want a rematch with [Chris] Eubank Jr. but I guess
it will never happen. We’re on to a big fight against Ellis