If there's anybody who can stop Yuriorkis Gamboa on his path to a mega-showdown next year with Juan Manuel Lopez, he has yet to show his face.
Certainly it wasn't Orlando Salido. The Mexican, like 18 others before him, proved no match for the dynamic Gamboa Saturday night, as the unbeaten Cuban won a unanimous decision in a wild fight in which both fighters were knocked down. Although Gamboa dominated on the scorecards, he exhibited many of the reckless qualities which critics say will be his undoing when he faces the hard-hitting Lopez.
Gamboa (19-0, 15 KOs) was wildly inconsistent, yet always typically dynamic, relying on his blinding speed and bullying tactics to win most of the rounds. The scorecards had it at a bit wider margin than the fight seemed to indicate, with the judges giving it to Gamboa 116-109, 114-109, and 115-109.