Yuriorkis Gamboa Miami Media Workout Quotes
Former unified world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa, an Olympic
gold medalist from Cuba, held a media workout in Miami
Wednesday as he prepares to take on boxing’s hottest
attraction Gervonta “Tank” Davis for the vacant WBA
Lightweight Title Saturday, December 28 live on SHOWTIME
from the award-winning State Farm Arena in Atlanta in a
Premier Boxing Champions event.
Here is what Gamboa and his assistant trainer had to say
Wednesday from Roque Boxing Gym in Miami:
“I feel great that that I have this opportunity to prove in
the ring what I can do. This is a fight that can get me back
to the very top of the sport.
“After I signed my contract and I beat Roman Martinez in
July there were a number of names that came up as possible
opponents that I could face in my second fight. One name
that came up was Davis, so I took the challenge.
“Obviously I have a huge edge in experience and I think the
quality of opponents I’ve faced, versus his opponents, gives
me another edge. Plus, the preparation I put into this
fight. I really don’t see anyone outworking me. The work
that I put into this fight gives me a big advantage.
“What power does he have that I haven’t faced? Without
question this is going to be a great fight. There are going
to be great moments of battle and a war, but at the same
time, a lot of intelligence will be shown in the ring. So
it’s a formula for a great fight and I think the fans are
going to be pleased.
“I didn’t see Gervonta’s last fight on July 27 (the same
night Gamboa fought last). I didn’t care to watch. I went to
my dressing room, I waited to get paid, and then I went to
my hotel. I didn’t bother to watch it.”
STACY MCKINLEY, Gamboa’s Assistant Trainer
“We know ‘Tank’ is a big puncher, but experience is going to
take its course. He’s never been past the sixth round
before. And his trainer has never been past the sixth round
before. So when you start talking about round eight, round
nine, round 10, round 12, you’re in new territory.
“It’s like Sugar Ray Leonard told Tommy Hearns: ‘I’m going
to take you out to deep water, and I’m going to drown you.’
So this is what we expect to do, take him into deep water
and drown him.
“Gamboa is very versatile. You’ve got to watch him real
close. I’ve watched him real close and I’ve seen him thrown
punches that most fighters can’t throw. I see technique and
I see the change up in the ring. The last few weeks we’ve
changed things up and are using different techniques. He’s a
great Cuban fighter.
“He jumped up two weight classes (to fight Terence
Crawford). Terence Crawford is a big guy. You’ve got a guy
like Terence Crawford who says (Gamboa) can punch, then you
have to take his word as gospel. What makes (Gamboa) a good
puncher is that he knows how to create his shots. He knows
where to hit you and he doesn’t waste punches. So you get
him in the right spot and hit the pressure points, then it’s
a lot different than just getting hit anywhere and it’s more
“‘Tank’ is a young man. Don’t underestimate him. He’s a good
fighter and a dangerous fighter. He needs to be a little
more disciplined. I saw something on the Internet the other
night where he was out on a date. He’s needs to be training
and not out on a date. He’s saying he’s walking around at
180, 185 pounds. You’re in a fight right there if you’ve got
eight weeks to take that weight off. It’s going to play a
part against him down the road.”