Boxing KO of the Day: Yuriorkis Gamboa's 4th Round KO of Jorge Solis
Some fighters should come with a government issued warning.
By the fourth round, Yuriorkis Gamboa had knocked down Jorge Solis five times. More than a few people in Atlantic City were whispering they hadn't seen anything like Gamboa's ferocity since a young Mike Tyson.
The most impressive knockdown Gamboa scored was undoubtedly in the third (the 57 mark of the clip), putting on display blinding foot and hand-speed, not to mention power, with a blindingly-fast combination that ended with a left hook that had the announcers and fans alike gasping in awe.
Against this level of competition, you're not supposed to make it look this easy.
Gamboa's knockouts have a unique flavor that makes them something special. There's something dispassionately cruel about the way this former Olympic champion stalks his opponents and unleashes flurries of blows as fast as anyone as ever thrown combinations.
Gamboa's ferocity has an added component of excitement in that he routinely leaves himself open to his opponents. He takes chances in attacking recklessly to offer to something special for his fans.
The Cuban's fight against Jorge Solis showcases exactly what has so many in the boxing world drooling with anticipation for his upcoming battles with Nonito Donaire, or a square off against fellow countryman, and amateur legend, Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Gamboa seems intent on moving up in weight, even brashly declaring an interest to take on Manny Pacquiao. While the chances of Gamboa squaring off against Pacquiao seem remote at best, if styles make fights you'd be hard pressed to find two styles more equipped to excite boxing fans.
57 seconds into the clip comes one of the slickest right-left combinations in the business.
Another great feature of this fight was the frustration Solis displayed at how much of a disparity in skill and speed was readily apparent. Solis takes one knockdown where he drives his fist into the canvass almost in protest at how unfair it is to compete against like Gamboa.
The mismatch wasn't protested by any fans in attendance at Atlantic City.