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Gamboa and Lopez win in style

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Yuriorkis Gamboa and JuanMa Lopez continued on the path to a future showdown as both won their fights in impressive fashion.

Gamboa taking on Rogers Mtagwa, ended his bout in the second round after flooring the game Tanzanian three times (once in the first round, twice in the second). The victory is even more impressive as Mtagwa had given Lopez, who would fight later that night on the same card, nightmares when the fought last year.

Gamboa’s speed and power was clear for all to see as he dominated Mtagwa forcing the refeere to call the bout off.

Then in the next fight JuanMa Lopez, making his first appearance at featherweight, took on Steve Luevano for his WBO belt.

They started the fight boxing, trading jabs, but Lopez’s punches always seemed to be having the greater effect. Whilst Lopez focused on the head, Luevano worked the body clearly looking to tire out the young star. In the 3rd they began trading blows, with Lopez working combinations with both hands. Luevano stood his ground but still didn’t trouble Lopez.

Lopez took control of the fight in the 4th and although Luevano tried to turn it into an in fight in the 5th, Lopez refused to loosen his grip. In the 6th Luevano’s eye began to swell and Lopez ended it in the 7th with a flurry of hard punches.

Starting with a hard uppercut that staggered the defending champion, Lopez pounced and landed hard punches to Luevano’s head finally sending him down with a chopping right.

Although Luevano rose before the 10 count he was in no fit shape to continue and the ref stopped it.

Although Gamboa’s victory may have been more pleasing to the eye, Lopez was impressive for me. Fighting in a new weight class against a tougher opponent he boxed and fought well. The fight was also an indicator that he will continue to carry his power at this new weight.


Written by CLK FPC

January 24, 2010 at 2:42 pm

January promises to be explosive

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It is quite possible that in all the hype of Mayweather/Pacquiao you could have forgotten that other fights are actually taking place and this month sees 3 especially good ones.

On January 23rd on HBO’s Boxing After Dark (B.A.D) two of boxing’s biggest prospects will again display their skills on the same card as they work towards an eventual showdown.

Juanma Lopez (27-0-0) vacates his WBO super bantamweight title moving up to featherweight to take on Steven Luevano for the WBO featherweight title. In his last fight Lopez,26, laboured to a 12 round decision over Rogers Mtagwa after he foolishly decided to brawl with the Tanzanian instead of using his superior boxing skills.

But Yuriokis Gamboa(16-0-0) is looking to show that the tough Tanzanian is not as hard a match up as Lopez made of it and has promised to knock out the African, when they face off on the same night.

Gamboa, 28,  had a glorious amateur career in Cuba winning an Olympic gold medal in 2004, but defected from the country to turn pro. First fighting in Germany and now the US, Gamboa like Lopez is still undefeated and has stopped 14 of his 16 opponents. So when the two finally meet it will be explosive especially as both seem to have bricks for hands!

The following week on  HBO’s World Championship Boxing, experienced  ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley(46-5-0) faces André Berto(25-0-0). Mosley,38, hasn’t fought since stopping Antonio Margarito last January whilst Berto took a unanimous decision over Juan Urango in May.

The fight will see two fast and power fighters go head to head in a unification fight as Mosley is the WBA ‘super champion’ whilst Berto holds the WBC version of the welterweight crown.

There has been words exchanged between the two especially over Twitter and Berto won’t take kindly to Mosley openly stating he is looking past the 25-year-old so this one promises to offer fireworks.

Written by CLK FPC

January 12, 2010 at 2:10 pm