The respective teams for Roger Gutierrez and Chris Colbert were able to put extra time to good use.
BoxingScene.com has learned that deal was reached between the pair of junior lightweights, thus avoiding a purse bid hearing that was scheduled for Monday to have determined promotional rights to the ordered WBA “Super” title fight. Two separate deadlines passed without the two sides coming to an agreement, though managing to come to terms at the eleventh hour to avoid the fight being made available to all WBA-registered promoters.
Both sides confirmed with BoxingScene.com that a deal is in place, though the fight remains without a date or location at present time. Gutierrez is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, while Brooklyn’s Colbert fights under the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) banner and was represented by TGB Promotions in negotiations for this bout.
Venezuela’s Gutierrez (26-3-1, 20KOs) will attempt his second overall title defense and first since being upgraded in title status. He won the “World” title in a thrilling twelve-round decision over Nicaragua’s Rene Alvarado in their January 2 rematch, scoring three knockdowns including one in the twelfth and final round to pull off the upset win. The feat avenged a stoppage loss from earlier in his career, while their rubber match this past August proved less entertaining than its predecessors.
The rubber match this past August 14 saw Gutierrez win a repeat decision, this time in less entertaining fashion though effective enough to retain the title.
Colbert (16-0, 6KOs) last fought in July, earning a twelve-round decision win over Mongolia’s Tugstsogt Nyambayar at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Gutierrez-Colbert was the first title fight formally ordered by the WBA following its (forced) commitment to reduce its number of recognized titles, coming two days after Gutierrez’s repeat win over Alvarado. At the time of the August 16 order, the pairing served as a title consolidation fight as Gutierrez was the recognized WBA “World” junior lightweight titlist and Colbert as the sanctioning body’s “interim” titleholder.
Colbert’s status was moved to mandatory challenger after the WBA scrapped all interim titles on August 25, inserting the majority of claimants as the number-one contender for their respective division. The stakes were raised for this particular matchup after Gutierrez was deemed as the sanctioning body’s titlist at the weight after Gervonta Davis agreed to relinquish his WBA “Super” title earlier this month.
It still wasn’t enough to get the two parties to come to terms, though an additional 12 days of talks ahead of the scheduled purse bid hearing managed to get the job done.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox