Featherweight Fury Lives Up To
Gamboa Converts Unbelievers,
Garcia Defeats Remillard
By Tim Donaldson
Photos: "Sugar" Ray Bailey
Yuriorkis Gamboa has his
followers. They can be heard making statements,
blasphemous to some, like Gamboa has as much raw talent
as Manny Pacquiao. They might be a small group right
now, but they are growing in size. And Yuriorkis Gamboa
is doing his part to bring as many into his fold as he
can. His stunning defeat of Jorge Solis is just one more
example of the amazing power of Gamboa.
Now Jorge Solis knew what he was getting into when he
stepped into the ring. At least, he told us that he did.
And we have no reason to doubt him. As we have all
heard, Solis did fight Manny Pacquiao. In fact, he went
eight rounds with Pacquiao, which is four more than he
went with Gamboa. However, Solis deserves credit. At no
point in the fight did Solis look like he had any
intention of giving up.
The first round looked like any other first round in any
number of fights. The two fighters just feeling out
their opponents, trying to find a weakness that they can
capitalize on. A few differences could be seen. Solis
was fighting with his left hand down at his side. Gamboa
kept both hands up. There were a couple of meaningful
trades between the two in that round, but nothing that
really foreshadowed the devastation that was to come. At
one point, Gamboa tried to take advantage of an off
balance Solis with no luck.
Anyone who thought the
fight was going to continue like that was sadly
mistaken. Gamboa came out in the second round ready to
show the world what he can do. He knocked Solis down
with a left within the first few seconds of the round.
Solis, who has been down before, got up determined to
continue. Gamboa, however, looked as though he wanted a
quick end to this fight. He pressured Solis to the ropes
and unleashed a series of shots, putting Solis back down
on the canvas. Solis once again survived the count.
Gamboa backed off some as the seconds ticked down to the
end of the round. Solis appeared to be recovering from
the two knockdowns, landing a few shots at the end of
In the third, Gamboa and Solis were fighting in close.
As the two were exchanging shots, Gamboa landed two to
the back of Solis’s head. Gamboa was warned. This has
been a problem before. Gamboa accepted the warning and
got right back to work. Gamboa staggered Solis with a
left. He was coming in and out, landing combinations
each time. Then throwing a left hook, Gamboa once again
knocked Solis down. At the bell Solis returned to his
corner. He seemed somewhat stunned still from the
knockdown. Seeing no stool in the corner, Solis took a
walk down to the neutral corner and back.
The fourth round was to
be the last. Gamboa came out and landed a hard right to
the head of Solis. Solis went down again early in the
round. Showing his determination, Solis signaled to his
corner that he was fine and wanted to continue. After
the count, Gamboa pressured Solis to the ropes,
delivered a flurry of shots, knocking Solis down for the
fifth and final time of the fight. That was it. Referee
David Fields stopped the fight at 1:31.
As they showed the replay in the arena, it could be
heard coming from some about the incredible speed with
which Gamboa delivers his shots. Even in slow motion,
Gamboa looks fast. Gamboa added to his following, and it
couldn’t have hurt when Solis commented at the end that
Gamboa’s punches have more power than Pacquiao’s. Is
Gamboa truly that good? Or should I say great? Time will
tell. But Gamboa’s following seems destined to grow.
In the other televised
event of the evening Miguel Garcia won by TKO over Matt
Remillard. Garcia might have been the challenger for the
belts, but he showed that he deserved those belts more
than Remillard. From round one it was Garcia who was
coming forward, controlling the round. Garcia was
effectively using his jab, setting up for his right.
Remillard had little answer for this. In the beginning
of the second round, Remillard was picking up his
attack, but with little result. His shots were not
getting through the arms of Garcia. Remillard couldn’t
get through Garcia’s defenses. By the end of the round,
Remillard’s face was red from being hit.
Garcia picked up his attack in the third, especially
when Remillard did manage to slip a punch through.
Remillard was closing up. Remillard, however, was able
to back Garcia to the ropes. Garcia fought his way out
and finished the round strong. The fourth round started
with the two fighting toe to toe in the center of the
ring. Garcia was getting the upper hand, as Remillard
was having trouble finding his rhythm. Garcia dominated
the fifth round. He was slipping shots to the head
through the hands of Remillard. Remillard just kept
backing up. By the end of the round, Remillard had
closed up and just was not throwing.
Remillard tried to
change the direction of the fight at the beginning of
the sixth. He was coming forward, landing shots to the
head, but as soon as Garcia started landing shots of his
own, Remillard closed up again. The seventh round
started with both Garcia and Remillard trading in the
center of the ring. Neither were doing much more than
using their jab. But as the round progressed, Garcia was
once again putting his punches together. This pattern
continued into the eighth. The two were once again
fighting in close. Then Garcia landed a hard
combination. He was keeping the pressure up, stopping
Remillard from effectively landing any of his shots.
Then with a series of punches, Garcia backed Remillard
to the ropes at the bell.
Garcia kept up the pressure in the ninth round, backing
Remillard around the ring. Remillard’s only defense at
this point seemed to be to hold on to Garcia. Garcia
dropped Remillard to the canvas. Remillard survived the
count. Garcia came right back at him, dropping him again
with a right to the chin. Remillard seemed to have no
defense left by the tenth. He went down early in the
round, but it was ruled a slip. Remillard found himself
caught on the ropes. He was staying covered, but a right
hand put him down again. He managed to land a couple
hard shots to the chin of Garcia, but it was not enough.
Remillard and his corner chose not to continue after the
Teon Kennedy and Jorge Diaz fought an all-out war in the
ring. The first two rounds were back and forth, neither
fighter able to dominate the rounds. Diaz was doing a
little more in those rounds, winning the first round on
two of the judges’ scorecards and the second on all
three. Kennedy was able to change the direction of the
fight in the third. Kennedy was using his jab to keep
Diaz out. Then with a body shot, he was able to drop
Diaz onto one knee, enough for a knockdown. The fourth
round started in Kennedy’s favor, but Diaz was landing
more as the fight progressed. Diaz was outworking
Kennedy to win the round on the judges’ scorecards. The
fifth round was back to Kennedy, as Diaz’s shots failed
to land with precision.
Round six was another definitive round in the fight.
Diaz started the fight going to the body of Kennedy.
Kennedy, however, dropped Diaz with a shot to the chin.
Kennedy came right back at Diaz, and at the end of the
round both fighters tangled and fell to the canvas. Diaz
survived the seventh round, landing a few hard shots at
the end of the round. Kennedy was using his jab to keep
Diaz back in the eighth. With a hard right to the body,
Kennedy buckled Diaz. The ninth and tenth were back and
forth. In the eleventh, Kennedy was using wide hooks to
the body, keeping Diaz moving back. The twelfth was back
to a brawl. By the end, Diaz was doing a lot of holding
to keep from being hit. Kennedy won by the judges’
scorecards: 115-111, 118-109, and 117-109.
Featherweight Camilo Perez knocked Desi Williams down
twice in round one. The second knockdown ended the fight
and came at the bell.
Super Bantamweight Miguel Cartajena won by unanimous
decision over Omar Gonzales. Cartajena won all four
rounds on all three judges’ scorecards.
Super Welterweight Glen Tapia won a hard fought fight
against Eberto Medina. Tapia knocked Medina down in the
third. Tapia won by unanimous decision: 59-54, 60-53,
Heavyweight Tommy Zbikowski won by unanimous decision
over Caleb Grummet. The first two round were dominated
by Zbikowski, but Grummet was able to give Zbikowski
trouble in the third and fourth. The judges’ scores were
as follows: 39-36, 39-36, and 38-37.
Middleweight Rashad Brown defeated Darryl Parker. By the
second round, Parker’s only defense seemed to be to hold
Brown. Brown knocked Parker down in the second. Brown
charged right back in at the third and knocked Parker
down three times before the fight was stopped at 1:41.