Colbert, 23, who trains with Aureliano Sosa at SweatBox Brooklyn in Sunset Park, boxed his way to a unanimous decision by scores of 116-111, 117-110 and 117-110 to acquire the Interim WBA World Super Featherweight Championship.
“I knew I was going to dominate the fight and I told you all that before the fight happened,” Colbert said after his victory. “Corrales was running and I was trying to catch him, so I told my corner, ‘let's have a dog fight.’
“We’ve got 12 rounds,” he continued. “I'm in shape, I didn't sit down one round. I wasn't going to leave without this title.”
Colbert also staggered Corrales in round 10, scoring a knockdown and putting a stamp on the performance. He landed a significant amount of jabs on the evening, which was a valued portion of his overall game plan.
“The strategy was to use my jab like I did and try to set up my punches,” said Colbert. “But he's very awkward and has good distance. Slowly but surely I decided to stop boxing, close the distance and get on him. I knew he couldn't out throw me, I'm from Brooklyn.”
Though Corrales lost, he was somewhat optimistic following his performance, indicating that he thought he showed well despite the loss.
“I did my job in there,” said Corrales. “My strategy was to hit and not get hit. I felt like I made him struggle for a lot of the fight. We both did our jobs, but the judges scored his pushing more than his punching.”
For Colbert, the win also sets up a future bout with Regular WBA Super Featherweight Champion Leo Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KOs). Santa Cruz secured the previously vacant title in a decision win over Miguel Flores in November.
“We’re looking for Leo Santa Cruz at the end of 2020,” Colbert said during the week. “I can’t say he’s the top dog at 130 but he is up there because he’s got a world title. “We’re just going to stay focused on that, keep my eyes on that prize,” he added. “Then I’m looking to unify right away, I’m not looking to play games.”