Yuriorkis Gamboa The Next All-Time Great Fighter
By Brad Marchetti, Doghouse Boxing (July 21, 2008) DoghouseBoxing.com (Photo © German Villasenor)  
If ever Mike Tyson were to be recreated as a little guy, it has happened with Jr. Lightweight contender Yuriorkis Gamboa. Having sparred with Gamboa in my gym in Miami, I know first hand how real this Cuban Gold Medallist is. While I am not a pro fighter yet at 28 years old, I am a 3-time 152 Lb. Golden Gloves veteran that can hold his own. When I sparred with Buddy McGirt Jr. he stunned me with a counter jab over my left uppercut, but I still held my own. When I sparred Yuriorkis Gamboa for 3 minutes, I was worried if I was going to be able to train for the next 2 weeks after his bombs rattled my soul. Gamboa wasn't trying to murder me at the Thump Fight gym in Miami, but if he wanted too, Gamboa probably could have come pretty close.

After Yuriorkis showed off his complete boxing dominance against Al Seeger via 1st round KO on Friday Night Fights he should be mentioned among the best already based on talent alone. While Gamboa really hasn't accomplished much in his 11 pro fights it is only because Yuriorkis hasn't been in the ring with the best yet. I heard Gamboa's promoter mention how Gamboa reminded him of "Iron" Mike Tyson. At first look Gamboa's hand held low style doesn't resemble Tyson at all, but his power and aggressiveness really does. Gamboa fights in a manner that has little regard for the other man's desires. Yuriorkis looks to unload his blazing combos as soon as he makes you miss with his slips and dips.

Gamboa is insanely strong for a Jr. Lightweight and he is a viable contender to replace Manny Pacquiao on the boxing pound-4-pound throne. Anybody 135 Lbs. south that this stocky Cuban power puncher fights he will defeat. Some guys are just made to be great fighters and this man is one of those stars in the making. Remember the name boxing bettors looking to make a buck. Yuriorkis Gamboa. The next great boxing champion.

Yuriorkis Gamboa Tale of the tape

Ht. 5'5"
WT. 130 Lbs.
Reach: 66"
Age: 26
Record: 11-0 (9)

Brad Marchetti Boxing Power Ratings for Yuriorkis Gamboa

Size: 8
Power: 9
Speed: 10
Stamina: 8
Defense: 6
Chin: 9
Legs: 8
Jab: 8
In-Fighting: 8
Ring IQ: 8
Heart: 9.

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