HBO commentator Max Kellerman may have said it best. In summing up a sometimes breathtaking, sometimes exasperating exhibition of athleticism and boxing skills by Cuban defector Yuriorkis Gamboa, Kellerman said: "What we saw is a potential star in a gestation period." Gamboa (10-0, 8 KOs), the 2004 Olympic gold medalist, looked like a young Roy Jones Jr. in a dazzling but erratic domination of a dangerous but outclassed Daniel Jimenez (23-4, 14 KOs), winning by unanimous decision, 97-92 on two scorecards, 99-91 on a third.
A legendary amateur with over 450 amateur fights, Gamboa obviously is a potential superstar in the making, but hasn't yet made the transition to the professional style. Arrogantly keeping his hands low while demonstrating hand and foot speed bordering on the phenomenal, Gamboa spent 10 rounds head-hunting without once showing any sort of body attack to balance his assault. Gamboa's overconfidence resulted in a fourth round knockdown which left him wobbly, but he came back and dominated the remainder of the fight and left Jimenez's face bloodied and bruised.
In contrast, a less accomplished young Olympian, Mexican Alfredo Angulo (13-0, 10 KOs), looked far more the polished professional in unleashing a relentless, two-fisted body attack which gradually wore down another tough prospect, Richard Gutierrez (24-2, 14 KOs). After getting knocked down himself in the fifth round, Angulo came back and viciously battered around Gutierrez until referee Tony Weeks stepped in and stopped the fight with 12 seconds left in the round.
In the first fight of the night, James Kirkland (22-0, 19 KOs) -- the third rising star on the card for promoter Gary Shaw -- came out of his corner at the opening bell like the Terminator on steroids, scoring two knockdowns of veteran Eromosele Albert (21-3, 10 KOs) before referee Joe Cortez stopped it with just over a minute left in the first round.
Posted 12:00 AM | May 17, 2008
HBO BAD - May 17, 2008
Angulo vs Gutierrez
Kirkland vs Albert