Gamboa, Solis score stoppages in Nevada
Dazzling featherweight prospect Yuriorkis Gamboa got up from a second-round knockdown to score a 10th-round stoppage of Roger Gonzalez in the main event of an ESPN2-televised card from Primm, Nevada Friday night.
Usually a whirlwind of activity, Gamboa (13-0, 11 knockouts) began the bout by patiently picking his shots from the outside. However, the former Cuban amateur star stepped up the pace considerably after being dropped to one knee by a well-timed right hand from Gonzalez (27-3, 18 KOs).
Gamboa out-worked, out-sped and out-maneuvered Gonzalez for the rest of the bout until a right uppercut from the 2004 Olympic champ stunned the veteran two minutes into the 10th round. Gonzalez, who simply didn't take enough chances after dropping Gamboa, lost his mouthpiece from a follow-up uppercut and began to reel across the ring when referee Robert Byrd stepped in and halted the bout at 2:12 of the final round.
Gamboa is expected to fight for an “interim” 126-pound title in his next bout and will likely win it, but despite his blinding hand speed and considerable power there are obvious technical and defensive flaws that need to be corrected before he takes on the top featherweight contenders.
The budding star has dominated all of his pro fights so far, but he has also hit the canvas in three of his last four outings.
In the co-featured bout of the first Friday Night Fights telecast of the new year, Gamboa's Olympic teammate, heavyweight prospect Odlanier Solis, stopped Kevin Burnett in the eighth round of a scheduled 10 rounder.
Solis, the '04 Olympic champ in the 201-pound division, has put on a lot of weight since his amateur days, but even at a soft 259 pounds the Cuban flashed fast hands that he used effectively against the much taller Burnett.
Stalking behind a high guard, Solis (13-0, 9 KOs) repeatedly scored with left hooks and counter right hands that eventually took the fight away from Burnett (13-2-1, 8 KOs), who was practically sleep walking by the sixth round.
In the eighth round, a left hook that wobbled Burnett and a rapid-fire follow-up from Solis promted referee Jay Nady to wave the bout off.