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Old 05-17-2008, 11:45 PM   #1
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Default I'm just going to accept Gamboa for what he is...

It's not as easy as "he just needs to learn how to keep his hands up". Gamboa's habit of fighting with his hands low has been with him since he was a kid, and now people expect him to suddenly develop a high guard? It's very difficult to make an adjustment like that when you've been boxing the same way for more than half your life in 400+ fights.

Nearly all fighters with this flaw will say that they'll keep their hands up, but once they get fatigued or hurt, their bad habits will almost always come back. Gamboa would be a much better fighter with a high guard, but I don't see him changing. I'm just going to accept him for what he is: A fighter with spectacular reflexes and speed who is an offensive dynamo, but is extremely susceptible to be hit. And you can bet he's going to produce excitement in every fight, regardless if he wins or loses.

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Old 05-17-2008, 11:48 PM   #2
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It's not as easy as "he just needs to learn how to keep his hands up". Gamboa's habit of fighting with his hands low has been with him since he was a kid, and now people expect him to suddenly develop a high guard? It's very difficult to make an adjustment like that when you've been boxing the same way for more than half your life in 400+ fights.

Nearly all fighters with this flaw will say that they'll keep their hands up, but once they get fatigued or hurt, their bad habits will almost always come back. Gamboa would be a much better fighter with a high guard, but I don't see him changing. I'm just going to accept him for what he is: A fighter with spectacular reflexes and speed who is an offensive dynamo, but is extremely susceptible to be hit. And you can bet he's going to produce excitement in every fight, regardless if he wins or loses.

Yeah I don't see him correcting the bad habit now, he is like 28 right ? Sorry, there aint correcting that one unless there is some type of corrective brace you can wear 24/7 that makes you keep your hands up.
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Old 05-18-2008, 12:54 AM   #3
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Default Re: I'm just going to accept Gamboa for what he is...

keeping your hands up is one of the most difficult things to change when you have in your back at least 300 amateur bouts and 10 fights as a pro.if he keeps fighting that way he will be okey until he fights a power puncher who likes to brawl (pacman, maybe linares).
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Old 05-18-2008, 02:12 AM   #4
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It's not as easy as "he just needs to learn how to keep his hands up". Gamboa's habit of fighting with his hands low has been with him since he was a kid, and now people expect him to suddenly develop a high guard? It's very difficult to make an adjustment like that when you've been boxing the same way for more than half your life in 400+ fights.

Nearly all fighters with this flaw will say that they'll keep their hands up, but once they get fatigued or hurt, their bad habits will almost always come back. Gamboa would be a much better fighter with a high guard, but I don't see him changing. I'm just going to accept him for what he is: A fighter with spectacular reflexes and speed who is an offensive dynamo, but is extremely susceptible to be hit. And you can bet he's going to produce excitement in every fight, regardless if he wins or loses.

GRADE A post, well done sir
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Old 05-18-2008, 02:37 AM   #5
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They say old habits die hard. Well, having your hands by your waist is not a good habit to have in boxing. Gamboa's already been down twice in his career which isn't a good thing. Luckily he fights with the composure of a fighter who can accept that knockdowns are a part of the game and that you just gotta get up and get back to business. I'm guessing that the Cuban amateur system stresses being calm in the face of a storm cuz Casamayor dusted himself off like nothing even though Katsidis nearly put him through the ropes.

Anyway, Gamboa is a tremendous talent. Speed kills and he's got it. He puts his punches together very well and is gonna go far but I can't help but think that his habit of keeping his hands low will hurt him down the line.
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Old 05-18-2008, 04:14 AM   #6
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He'll continue to live with his speed, but a big puncher will chalk him somewhere between now and a title shot. That might actually be good for him.
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Old 05-18-2008, 04:17 AM   #7
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Adapt OR Perish.
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Old 05-18-2008, 04:44 AM   #8
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changing his guard would change his general style, if you try to change a fighter such as Gamboa you run the risk of losing the total fighter they are, what makes them special.

Gamboa is going to be good, cant we just watch our sports biggest talents and hope for the best rather than hang shit on them before they are "exposed".

IMO, Well Gamboa is still undefeated, he remains the biggest talent boxing currently has, with unlimited potential.
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