By Keith Idec
Chris Colbert was too fast and too accurate during most of his 130-pound bout against Austin Dulay, a battle between unbeaten prospects Friday night in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Brooklyn’s Colbert beat the previously undefeated Dulay by technical knockout after seven largely one-sided rounds FS1 televised from the Minneapolis Armory. Dulay didn’t respond positively when referee Mark Nelson asked if he wanted to come out of his corner for the eighth and final round, which caused Nelson to stop the fight.
Colbert scored a knockdown just before the sixth round ended, but Dulay contended it was the result of Colbert’s left hand hitting him to the back of his head. Nelson called it a knockdown, but Dulay got up and the bell sounded soon thereafter to end the sixth round.
Colbert spent much of the rest of the fight out-boxing Dulay, who was unable to make the adjustments necessary to make it competitive.
The 21-year-old Colbert (8-0, 3 KOs) defeated an unbeaten opponent for a second straight bout. He also scored a knockout for the first time in six fights.
The 22-year-old Dulay, a southpaw from Nashville, Tennessee, lost for the first time as a pro (11-1, 8 KOs).
In the second televised bout Friday night, huge junior middleweight prospect Sebastian Fundora stopped previously undefeated hometown fighter Ve Shawn Owens in the fifth round.
The 6-feet-6 Fundora’s height and reach made it difficult for the 5-feet-10 Owens to land flush punches against his unusually tall opponent. The undefeated Fundora, nicknamed “The Towering Inferno,” regularly landed with body shots and uppercuts prior to the fifth round, when his four-punch combination rocked Owens with just over a minute to go in that round.
Hurt and tired, Owens tried to hold and fight his way out of the trouble. Fundora continued blasting him with power shots, though, and their scheduled eight-rounder was stopped, with Owens still on his feet.
Fundora, of Coachella, California, improved to 9-0 and recorded his fifth knockout. Minneapolis' Owens, who had knocked out his first nine professional opponents, lost for the first time as a pro (9-1, 9 KOs).
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.