Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Daniel Ponce De Leon
Well, this is one of the first times I won’t be able to head out to Atlantic City to see a fight (in fact, I won’t even be able to see the fight live), but I can still put up a prediction.
Yuriorkis Gamboa quite honestly is in a different league than Daniel Ponce De Leon. Sure De Leon is a big puncher and used to be touted as quite a prospect before Juan Manuel Lopez starched him in one round back in 2008. But Gamboa is the real deal. He’s no longer a prospect in my eyes. He still has flaws of course, but not enough for him to lose this bout.
I see Gamboa being very close in punching power to Lopez but with much faster hand and foot speed. That to me leads me to see this as being a short night. I’m expecting Gamboa to put De Leon away early, probably before the end of the sixth round. De Leon’s defense isn’t that great to begin with. When you think about Gamboa’s mobility and compare it to De Leon’s awkwardness and slow feet, I can’t help but see Yuriorkis boxing circles around Ponce. It’s just a matter of time before something lands flush.
Gamboa by stoppage is the most likely scenario here. I’d say a wide Gamboa decision is the next most likely outcome. A distant possibility is a De Leon win by stoppage— I think a De Leon decision is out of the question.