Héctor Luis García wants to represent Dominican boxers by winning the WBA crown

Héctor Luis García wants to represent Dominican boxers by winning the WBA crown

By Vince Dwriter: After a total of sixteen fights, Chris “Prime Time” Colbert was able to improve his position from prospect to world title contender.

The date of February 26 was set for Colbert to fight for the WBA super featherweight title, but unfortunately, champion Roger Gutierrez contracted COVID-19 and as a result, Colbert would have to go ahead and fight a replacement from last minute.

Héctor Luis García accepted the fight on two and a half weeks’ notice, allowing Showtime to move forward with their February 26 headliner. Instead of a championship fight, Colbert and Garcia would meet in a fight that was labeled the WBA super featherweight title eliminator.

Hector Luis Garcia entered the fight as a +1100 underdog, but when the bell rang, Garcia quickly erased the underdog narrative as he immediately set the tone by stepping into the pocket and hitting Colbert with precise combinations. In the seventh round of the fight, Garcia caught Colbert walking and hit him with a counter left hand that sent Colbert to the canvas.

At the conclusion of the twelfth and final round, Garcia achieved the shocking unanimous decision surprised by scores of 118-109, 119-108 and 118-109.

Riding the momentum of the biggest win of his career to date, Hector Luis Garcia (15-0, 10 KOs) will seize his shot at a world title on Saturday, August 20 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood. Florida.

The 30-year-old Dominican is extremely focused on his upcoming world title fight, and is not a fan of pre-fight verbal exchanges. Héctor Luis García is proud of his heritage and hopes to put on a good show and win the WBA belt. “It’s not what happens outside the ring; is what happens in the ring. When I win that belt, it’s mainly for me, but after that, it’s for my country, for my daughter and all the fans who support me and have been following my career.”

Roger Gutierrez (26-3-1, 20 KOs) looks to successfully defend his title by doing what he does well, which is using his jab, fighting from distance and then, when the time comes, concentrating on his shots. that extra touch. On the other hand, Garcia wants a replay of the Colbert fight in terms of dictating the pace, moving forward, being aggressive, using his power and constantly executing his ability to show good punch placement.

Garcia feels confident that he will win his world title fight and anticipates a night of celebration for Dominican boxing. In the other world title fight, Dominican Alberto Puello (20-0, 10 KOs) will face Batyr Akhmedov (9-1, 8 KOs) for the vacant WBA super lightweight world championship.

Showtime’s main card for the August 20 card features Omar Figueroa Jr (28-2-1, 19 KOs) vs. Sergey Lipinets (16-2-1, 12 KOs), and also featured on the undercard is the rising star Brandun Lee (25-0, 22 KOs), as he takes on Will Madera (17-1-3, 10 KOs).

Regarding the two championship fights, both Garcia and Puello see their fights as opportunities to represent, make a statement and win a world title for Dominican boxing and their native San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic.

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