Donaire Confident He Can Expose Gamboa's Flaws

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK — Nonito Donaire is probably a few wins away from a potential showdown with Yuriorkis Gamboa becoming a realistic possibility.

And as Juan Manuel Lopez’s upset loss to Orlando Salido reminded us earlier this year, that’s entirely too far down the line to start getting all that excited about a Donaire-Gamboa bout. But count Donaire among those that hope the intriguing matchup materializes.

“The Filipino Flash” has watched Gamboa’s development closely and is eager to test himself against an unbeaten boxer Donaire considers special, yet flawed.

“He’s an amazing fighter,” Donaire said. “He has speed, power. I’ll be excited if I get the opportunity, because he’s a good fighter. I see a lot of flaws, but sometimes you see flaws and you can’t react to it. It’s different in that ring.

“But I’ve seen some flaws in him, something I can take advantage of. It’s ‘The Cyclone’ versus the ‘The Flash.’ We’ll see who’s faster, but I think ‘The Flash’ can take cyclones all day.”

Even if the Cuban-born Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs), a Miami resident, and Donaire (26-1, 18 KOs), a native Filipino who resides in San Leandro, Calif., continue winning, getting them in the same weight class could become an obstacle.

Donaire intends to move up from 118 to 122 pounds if he wins against Argentina’s Omar Narvaez (35-0-2, 19 KOs) on Saturday night in New York, but Gamboa said after defeating Daniel Ponce De Leon (41-4, 34 KOs) on Sept. 10 in Atlantic City that he’s moving up from featherweight to at least 130 pounds in his next fight. Gamboa didn’t rule out an immediate move to lightweight, either, which would separate him and Donaire by three weight classes.

The 28-year-old Donaire doesn’t think, however, that an eventual move to lightweight will be problematic.

“I’m definitely growing,” said Donaire, who stands 5-foot-7, an inch taller than Gamboa. “[In late August] I was at 147 and I wasn’t fat. If given the opportunity to put some weight on, it’ll be easy for me to do it.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Jack Napier on 10-21-2011

might not get to see this for a while if Gamboa moving to 130 if Nonito can get the fight, he can get rid of Gamboa though for all his skills Gamboa can be hit would like this more than…

Comment by Dustaine on 10-21-2011

[QUOTE=F l i c k e r;11316695]Nonito would beat him. Just too aggressive. Nonito is best when fighting people who will come at him over aggressive. He'd probably have more issues fighting Juanma than Gamboa. For the simple reason that…

Comment by garfios on 10-20-2011

[QUOTE=Brooklyn Iceman;11317686]...Yuri is definitely a great boxer but lacks defense against a smart boxer like Donaire. Both are quick and fast with KO power but Yuri's already tested at a higher weight class, Nonito's climb to featherweight is still a…

Comment by garfios on 10-20-2011

[QUOTE=Johnwoo8686;11317563]Gamboa is fast and all but I think Donaire would make him pay for that hands down style he has. Also Donaire is two inches taller and may have slightly more reach than Gamboa. It's a tough fight to call…

Comment by Brooklyn Iceman on 10-20-2011

...Yuri is definitely a great boxer but lacks defense against a smart boxer like Donaire. Both are quick and fast with KO power but Yuri's already tested at a higher weight class, Nonito's climb to featherweight is still a question…

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