Yuriorkis Gamboa won a one-sided technical decision over Daniel Ponce de Leon in Atlantic City on Saturday night. It was Gamboa’s 21st win in as many pro-fights while Ponce de Leon suffered his fourth loss in his 45th bout.
At the same time Ponce was the third Mexican former world champion Gamboa has beaten in a row (after Orlando Salido and Jorge Solis).
"El Ciclon de Guantanamo" dominated the fight from the opening bell on, controlling the pace of the bout with an excellent technical and tactical performance. After an accidental headbutt in the eighth the action was stopped due to a cut over Ponce de Leon’s nose. All three judges scored the fight in favor of Gamboa by a wide margin (80-72, 80-72, 79-73).
"It was important for me to fight more than three or four rounds", said Gamboa. "I recognized early in the fight that he is not in my league and couldn’t even hit me if I didn’t let him. Still I wanted to enjoy the time in the ring and use it to gain more experience. I had been told before the fight that he is a very hard puncher. So I tried to avoid his shots which worked out pretty well. If the fight hadn’t been stopped due to the cut I would have knocked him out in the later rounds."