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Yuriorkis Gamboa outpoints Rene Alvarado, shakes rust

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Former featherweight titleholder Yuriorkis Gamboa got up from a final-round knockdown to comfortably outpoint hard-nosed gatekeeper Rene Alvarado over 10 rounds in an HBO-televised co-feature to the David Lemieux-Curtis Stevens fight on Saturday in Verona, New York.

Gamboa (26-1, 17 knockouts), a 35-year-old Olympic gold medalist (2004 Games) from Cuba, won the lightweight bout by scores of 97-92 (twice) and 97-93.

Alvarado (24-8, 16 KOs), a 28-year-old grinder coming off a split-decision win over former featherweight title challenger Jayson Velez, just didn’t let his hands go enough to compete with the talented-but-technically vulnerable speed demon. However, he did momentarily stun Gamboa with a right hand in Round 7 and scored a flash knockdown early in Round 10 (due mostly because of the Cuban’s poor balance and foot placement).

The fight did not entertain but it did allow Gamboa, who hopes to be a force in the 130-pound division, to knock off a lot of ring rust. The once-explosive featherweight standout, who won interim titles at 130 and 135 pounds, had only fought twice since being stopped by former RING lightweight champ Terence Crawford in 2014, and not at all in 2016.

  • ceylon mooney

    saw the stevens-lemieux fight but missed gamboa. kellerman and jones jr made out like it was a stinker. this description dont make it sound too awful.

    • BN

      It was definitely not exciting, a lot of missed punches by Gamboa. I was just waiting to see the old Gamboa. He still has quickness but he hesitated way too much, almost as if he has not got over being KO’d by Crawford.

      • ceylon mooney

        i remember crawford dealt him a really vicious knockdown

    • Left Hook

      boring as Hades. Even less energy than Thurman-Garcia. Sparring session.

  • Joey Junger

    Gamboa showed flashes of brilliance in this fight, especially with his head movement and the way he got in and out. Now the question remains whether or not his patchy performance was a result of the layoff or because he’s just frankly past prime.

    I think a match between him and Lomachenko would be exciting for the hardcore fans, but it also seems to be the kind of thing that the casuals would boo, like they did this fight, or any fight with Rigondeaux. I know there’s some daylight between Gamboa and Mikey Garcia in terms of weight and rankings, but I still think it’s a match-up that would produce a fight-of-the-year candidate.

    • Left Hook

      please refrain from the use of ‘casual’. just because most fans prefer entertainment to posing does not make them casual…it makes them discerning.

      • Joey Junger

        “Posing?” What does that even mean? Gamboa’s head movement isn’t “posing.” It’s fluid motion. Also, how about this: please refrain from telling me what words I should or shouldn’t use, and I’ll return the courtesy.

        • Left Hook

          Courtesy triumphs. However I find it a misnomer to call a boxing fan ‘casual’ because they expect to be entertained. Gamboa would better fit the term ‘casual’, as he makes rare appearances in the ring. He was special at one time and let his opportunity for greatness at this sport pass.

  • Teddy Reynoso

    Let’s give El Ciclon the chance to get back to the groove.

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  • kiowhatta

    I like Gamboa’s commitment and energy but the more I watch him, the more I see a hyper-active, machine gun, volume slapping machine, with a suspect chin. But he certainly does have the heart.

  • Charlie U.

    I will not waste my time watching another Cuban fighter until there’s compelling evidence to do so. Only half kidding.

  • Don Badowski

    The way he keeps disappearing, it’s just getting hard to care anymore.

  • Floridastorm

    Alverado, with the few punches that he actually threw, staggered Gamboa a couple of times and knocked him down. Gamboa looked gun shy as it seemed like even jabs where bothering him. The Crawford fight took everything out of him and the reason he has not been seen for nearly a year and a half. There is no way that Gamboa will ever be the same and I worry when he goes up against a legitimate opponent.