Boxing results: Hector Luis Garcia scores shocking upset of Chris Colbert

Garcia fought a brilliant fight, smothering Colbert and never letting his hands stop moving when Colbert tried to lay against the ropes.

Hector Garcia in a file photo, Image credit: Twitter

There’s nothing as exciting as a great high-level fight in the boxing ring. Unfortunately, there is also no other sport as ready to let you down as often as it hypes you up. This past weekend was a perfect example of the good and bad sides of the sport.

Saturday saw an outstanding card in the evening that helped to wash away the bad taste of a classic case of questionable judging earlier in the day. Then, on Sunday, the weekend closed with an ugly championship fight moments after one of the most dramatic comeback knockouts you will ever see.

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Fans who were feeling let down in the wake of Taylor’s win may have skipped out on tuning in and checking out Showtime Championship Boxing later in the evening. Those who did check out the fights were given a rare treat: a three-fight card with each fight delivering the goods.

The show opened with Fernando Martinez scoring an upset win over Jerwin Ancajas to claim the IBF junior bantamweight championship. The fight between Martinez and Ancajas is the early frontrunner for Fight of the Year, with both men landing blistering shots throughout, though Martinez clearly did the better work throughout to take the unanimous decision.

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After Gary Antuanne Russell remained undefeated with a late stoppage of Viktor Postol in a solid fight, the show ended with heavily-hyped prospect Chris Colbert on the receiving end of a 12-round throttling at the hands of late-replacement Hector Garcia. The native of the Dominican Republic fought a brilliant fight, smothering Colbert and never letting his hands stop moving when Colbert tried to lay against the ropes and look for an opportunity to land a perfect punch.

By the final two rounds, Colbert, who’d suffered the first knockdown of his career, chose to all but run away from Garcia in an attempt to just make it to the scorecards. After Garcia won wide on the scorecards, Colbert suggested the two rematch. That would make little sense for Garcia, however, who is now in line for a shot at the WBA championship at 130 pounds after winning the title eliminator.

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