The 2004 Cuban Olympic gold medalist and WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (20-0, 16 KOs) dropped Jorge Solis (40-3-2, 29 KOs) five times in four rounds on Saturday night in a sellout crowd of 2,913 at the Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. According to CompuBox statistics, Gamboa landed 78 of 194 punches while Solis landed just 29 of 107 blows. 68 of Gamboa’s shots were power punches.
Every time I see Gamboa he reminds me of Mike Tyson in his prime. Just like Tyson, Gamboa, 29, is hungry and is a wild beast in the ring with no time to waste. At the sound of the bell mini Tyson attacked Solis, Solis was down twice in round two, once in round three and twice in round four before referee David Fields waved it off. Time was 1:31.
Mexico’s Solis fought the now pound-for-pound king, Manny Pacquiao, back in 2007 in a junior lightweight fight and when asked by HBO commentator, Max Kellerman to compare Pacquiao with Gamboa Solis simply said after the fight, “Pacquiao throws a lot of punches, but he doesn’t hit as hard as Gamboa.”
Hopefully this will be a step closer to a fight against titleholder Juan Manuel Lopez. Lopez who broke camp to attend the fight also showed interest.
“Yes, after I finish Salido, I’d fight him,” Lopez said. “I’ve never said no. He’s never said no. We have to negotiate it. We’re the best in the division. We have to do it.”
Though both fighters agrees to fight each other! it’s up to their promoter Top Rank to make it happen and Bob Arum has showed no rush in making this fight as he believes its not big enough commercially.
So what’s next for Gamboa? Besides Juamma, Gamboa said he will challenge Chris John or move up to 130 pounds, I guess we will have to wait and see.
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