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Yuriorkis Gamboa Hits Harder Than Manny Pacquiao To Defend Featherweight Title

Yuriokis Gamboa has the quickest hands in boxing, after Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacqiao. Unlike those superstars, however, the featherweight has a much better pool of competition. So, with that and the knockout power he displayed last night, he's arguably the most exciting fighter in the sport.     

The undefeated 29-year-old (20-0 16 KOs) destroyed Jorge Solis last night, knocking him down four times before the ref stopped the fight in the fourth round. Solis, of course, was the typical opponent for a rising star like Gamboa; A glorified sparring partner with just enough size and experience for sports writers to make you think he's a worthy opponent. They particularly hyped the fact that Solis lasted seven rounds with Pacqiao before getting KO'd in their 2007 fight.

Gamboa, a Cuba-born Miami transplant, barely needed four rounds to KO Solis and may have more power than the Filipino superstar.

"Gamboa is a great fighter," Solis said after the fight. "Pacquaio throws a lot of punches, but he doesn't hit as hard as Gamboa."  


Three years ago, the 2004 Olympic gold medal winner took that power and blistering speed into an arena in Davie, where he scored a brutal 35-second KO over Walter Estrada. Jump to the 1:30 mark in the video below to see one of the best examples of Gamboa's jaw shattering speed/power combination. You may need to watch it twice because, like Estrada, you'll probably not see the lightening bolt of a right hand coming.

 


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