Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Yuriorkis Gamboa didn’t have much to say after his unanimous decision win over Michael Farenas to claim the WBA Interim Super Featherweight Title, but his promoter, 50 Cent, sure did.
After more than a year off, Gamboa proved that he’s still a solid puncher, but got caught with a left hook that nearly changed the trajectory of the bout in the ninth frame.
“It was a moment where there was a good exchange,” Gamboa said. I was going in for the kill. I felt I had the upper hand and he landed that good left hook.”
The holes apparent in Gamboa’s game may have him biting off more than he can chew in future bouts, as it seems 50 is hell bent on putting his prize fighter in exciting fights, instead of the usual promoter route of building highlight reels by knocking out tomato cans.
“He came out and put on an amazing show tonight,” 50 said at the post fight press conference. “We’re looking forward to moving up and fighting some more exciting fighters like Adrien Broner.”
There was palpable shock in the press row after 50 strung the words “Adrien” and “Broner” together in light of Gamboa’s performance. For much of the bout, Gamboa opted for showmanship – dropping his hands right in front of Farenas and weaving out of exchanges with little more than head movement – that kept the fight exciting, but would leave him open to a knockout against the likes of a puncher like Broner.
When all was said and done, 50 Cent meant what he said; doubling down on the man he wants his client to face next.
“I’m not shy to say I’m a fan of Adrien Broner and I want to make the best possible fights.”
While some pundits will arguably say Gamboa, who may still be shaking off some ring rust, but off more than he can chew if the Broner bout comes to fruition, Gamboa has his eyes to the boxing stratosphere.
“[Tonight was] a very small step towards a much bigger future,” Gamboa added. “I’m a warrior and I came to win. That’s what happened.”
Hopefully someone will remind the warrior to keep his hands up in the future.