MGM Grand, Las Vegas - There was a lot of controversy in the aftermath of Saturday's fight between Chris “Primetime” Colbert (17-1, 6 KOs) and Jose Valenzuela (12-2, 8 KOs).
All three judges saw the fight 95-94 in favor of Colbert, who moved up to the lightweight limit of 135-pounds to take the fight.
Valenzuela was very upset with the outcome.
“I beat him,” said Valenzuela. “I want to thank everyone who came out here to support me. I thought I won. I was hitting him with the harder shots. I dropped him. I dominated. But it is what it is.”
Valenzuela held the edge in power punching, landing 117 power shots to Colbert’s 77.
In the first round, Valenzuela dropped Colbert hard was pounding him with big shots.
“He over-extended and I caught him with a left hook (on the knockdown),” said Valenzuela. “He didn’t hurt me once in this fight. I was having fun. I enjoyed every minute of it. I won. I was having fun. I wanted to show the world what I could do. I can box and I can bang.”
Colbert managed to weather the storm of the first round, and boxed well, but he was often rocked by the bigger punches of Valenzuela.
Even in the tenth and final round, Colbert was boxing well for nearly the entire three minutes, but was rocked and hurt by big punches in the closing moments.
“I felt like I put it on him,” said Valenzuela. “Definitely I’d like a rematch. I have to be fair and square. I went through a lot. I worked hard. It was tough and to come out like this – it sucks.”