Gamboa was Destined to be a Superstar

Discussion in 'World Boxing Forum' started by RJJFan, Nov 8, 2020.

  1. Salty Dog

    Salty Dog Boxing Addict Full Member

    Sep 5, 2008
    I always liked Gamboa but he made some bad choices regarding mgmt and weightclass and ended up sitting out his prime.
  2. northpaw

    northpaw Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jun 5, 2010
    The problem is, he's a FW. Even at SFW he never looked good IMO let alone LW. And everyone does not have the ability to skirt weight classes, he's short and stocky. He wasn't built for anything other than being a dominating force at FW.
  3. dougemerypm

    dougemerypm Active Member Full Member

    Apr 15, 2017
    He was UNDEFEATED when he fought Crawford. Apparently he was not getting "knocked all over the ring" too bad. BHAHAHAHA
  4. Bigdog2002

    Bigdog2002 Active Member Full Member

    Oct 19, 2018
    Happens when biogenesis stops sending you your hgh, igf1, and Testosterona !!!
    Dude was a godamn cheat!
  5. BigBone

    BigBone Boxing Addict Full Member

    Nov 20, 2007
    He had so much speed and explosiveness but got found out vs. ppl. who wouldn't fold over quick like Darling Jimenez. Speed and power is half the cup, timing, ring IQ and fight strategy is another which he lacked, and Crawford was too big too good and kinda ruined him. We should've got that JuanMa fight. Still think Guillermo Jones is a bigger underachiever, Gamboa earned a good buck, titles and fame.
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  6. MetalLicker

    MetalLicker Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Feb 10, 2011
    He was never destined to be a superstar. He always had a short shelf-life and was destined to be a gatekeeper, and now a stepping stone. He is a very lite version of Roy Jones Jr.

    Gamboa was an athletic fighter, nothing more. He didn't developed his boxing skills and his growth stagnated. Even early in his career, you can see his flaws being exposed. He didn't have the ring IQ to compensate for his declining natural abilities.
  7. UniversalPart

    UniversalPart Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jul 1, 2010
    Reminds me of Joan Guzman.
  8. Flo_Raiden

    Flo_Raiden Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 12, 2010
    For some reason I always saw Gamboa as a mixture of Tyson and RJJ stylistically, but less talented. While he was coming up I had high hopes that he would achieve much more and become a dominant force of nature with that speed, athleticism, unorthodox, and aggressive style. The way he destroyed Mtagwa and Solis were sensational to watch, while also ignoring the fact that he’d been constantly dropped by lesser fighters. His major flaws were always there and it was only a matter of time until someone exposed them and capitalized on his bad habits (chin in the air, low guard, reckless bull rushing, etc).

    I will never get over the biggest missed opportunity of Gamboa vs Juanma Lopez, a fight that could have been an explosive match up between 2 exciting undefeated fighters at the time.

    It’s such a shame how someone as talented as Gamboa had such bad management. He had a promising career that took a turn for the worst when he signed with 50 Cent.

    He wouldn’t have been a megastar but one could imagine how much more he could have achieved had he been managed properly. In his prime Gamboa was definitely a fun fighter to watch.
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  9. Jackomano

    Jackomano Boxing Addict Full Member

    Nov 22, 2014
    At the time I thought Gamboa was out of his mind to leave Arum, who is very well established and had the resources and connections to keep Gamboa on track to being successful.

    I knew 50’s dwindling clout in the music industry wasn’t going to mean squat in the boxing industry. It takes years to become a properly established boxing promoter and it didn’t help that 50 is an absolute clown. I don’t know how on earth Gamboa really believed that 50 could’ve ever delivered on the 3 fights a year he promised.
  10. NoNeck

    NoNeck Pugilist Specialist Full Member

    Apr 3, 2012
    He never had any business at 135.

    SOUTHERMOST Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 24, 2006
    Include Floyd also
  12. Ra's Al-Ghul

    Ra's Al-Ghul The one and only! banned Full Member

    Oct 17, 2014
    He dominated the first half there and had him even in trouble in the late rounds (just stunned him before he got countered to the knockdowns).:deal:
    It was showed who of them is the more (natural gifted) despite the size difference. Although the judges disfavoured him, because it took place in St. Louis, the hometown of Crawfoot.