Yuriorkis Gamboa has it all. He can box, he can bang and has blistering hand speed with great foot work to match; so why am I here writing an article about a man who has nearly done it all but yet I still fear may not reach greatness?
The mega talented Cuban won gold at the Olympic Games in 2004 in Athens at Flyweight and has gone on to become a great professional world champion and fan favourite through his time as a featherweight.
His time as a pro in the last few years at super featherweight and lightweight has had me somewhat disappointed and very frustrated.
I was once a big fan of Gamboa. I am writing this because I still admire and respect the Cuban, but his life outside the ring and inactivity has led me to believe that the boxer has wasted a career that I once thought could land him in the Boxing Hall of Fame in later life.
With Gamboa we have always had thrills inside the ring but if he kept away from trouble and used his boxing ability more instead of standing and trading with his machismo attitude then we may have seen the next Pernell Whitaker.
I say Whitaker because Gamboa’s boxing ability and technical footwork could get him away from trouble had he wanted to but I guess that’s why Gamboa is Gamboa.
Don’t get me Wrong he has had a great career thus far and may come back after his defeat to Terrance Crawford more focused and more capable than ever before. I hope so anyway.