Yuriorkis Gamboa Clips: See For Yourself

I’m high enough on Yuriorkis Gamboa that I’m not even going to make you search on YouTube to see him prior to Saturday night’s appearance on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark.” It’s “Yuriorkis Gamboa Week” at Ring Report, suckas! Put this in your eye socket: You probably already saw what he did to Johnnie Edwards, if you’ve been around for “YGW.” But here it is again. Watch for the power combinations — left hooks, right uppercuts, straight rights, and a right hook to finish Edwards off. (Nice jab to the body to set things up, too.)
In his next most recent fight, the guy didn’t even have a chance. Landed a couple rights, but did Gamboa care? Nah. He just went back to work with his left hook, which he smacked the dude around with at will.
Watch him land a knockdown punch here in the first even though the power is blunted by his opponent’s outstretched arm. Observe the head movement as he works his way in, showing that, when he wants to, he can be a good defensive fighter. Examine his good body work. Bathe in the picture-perfect knockout, as Gamboa did, showman-like, stepping back and just watching his man fall.
This one’s just all body-punching. Too much of it, in fact. Whydid the ref helped the other guy up, or let Gamboa keep pounding his man to the body on the second knockdown?
In his toughest fight to date, Gamboa suffered a knockdown, but it looked more like a push to me. At any rate, he also knocked down an opponent who’d never been knocked down before then getting the benefit of the doubt from the ref the other way around when he stopped the fight a little prematurely — not that the felled opponent had any hope. Gamboa was working the “shoulder roll” defense well here, throwing lead rights from down below his waist and just generally finding a way to beat a crafty, hard-headed foe. (Follow the links to the various parts to see the entire fight.)

About Tim Starks

Tim is the founder of The Queensberry Rules and co-founder of The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (http://www.tbrb.org). He lives in Washington, D.C. He has written for the Guardian, Economist, New Republic, Chicago Tribune and more.