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Yuriorkis Gamboa Likely to Breeze through against Robinson Castellanos

By Unofre Pili
on Apr 10, 2017 11:26 PM EDT
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Fast in both hands and feet, excellent in escaping punches with his trade-mark body swing, and exceedingly accurate in landing his own, Yuriorkis Gamboa (26-1,17 KOs) is poised for another win. This time against Mexican Robinson Castellanos (23-12, 13 KOs). The Olympic gold medalist from Cuba, who later defected, and Castellanos will be trading leaders in a 10-round non-title lightweight match in the evening of May 5 at the Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The match is icing on the cake for the fans to be thrown by Golden Boy Promotions a day before the much anticipated massive all-Mexican showdown between Julio Caesar Chavez, Jr. and Canelo Alvarez takes place. ESPN's further report has it that Gamboa-Castellanos, a main event for the night, will televise live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes beginning at 8 pm.

In order to reclaim lost boxing glory, Yuriorkis Gamboa, a former unified featherweight champion, is in a hurried comeback campaign.  His 23-winning streak was put to end by Terence Crawford in June 2014.  Gamboa did come back and defeated Joel Montes de Oca in Nov. 214 and Hylon Williams, Jr. in Dec. 215 before a promotional conflict would put him in the sideline for 15 months only being able to fight again last Mar. 2017. He won via unanimous decision against Rene Alvarado.

Putting himself on the map by winning a world title anew is the primary objective of the 35-year-old Gamboa - and with his remarkable boxing skill set he knows he can be at it again. Robinson Castellanos, 32, appears to be a weaker threat to derail Gamboa. As a fighter, Robinson Castellanos can be regarded as a journey man, a boxing jargon used to describe a boxer who stayed quite longer in his craft despite poverty in wins - as well as in monetary gains.

Nonetheless, his 13 knockouts in 23 wins does show Castellanos is not one who is a pillow puncher, something Gamboa should be a bit wary about. If hit with a solid punch to the chin, Gamboa does go down but he gets up quick as seen in his fights with Michael Farenas and Orlando Salido, eventually beating them on unanimous decision. Gamboa, who packs a respectable hand power, with added motivation, and raring to impress, is likely going to put on extra work so he could go home with a knockout win and be in place for a world title fight. 

 

 

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