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 Last update:  10/20/2011       Read more by Keith Idec         
   
Donaire Confident He Can Expose Gamboa's Flaws
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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 BoxingScene.com.

Tags: Nonito Donaire , Yuriorkis Gamboa


 

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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 Gamboa-Lopez at this point if Nonito can maintain his strength going up, he owns

comment by Dustaine, on 10-21-2011
[QUOTE=F l i c k e r]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 he would probably take a longer time to figure out the technical boxe...

comment by garfios, on 10-20-2011
[QUOTE=Brooklyn Iceman]...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 mark. If Nonito can take his speed with hi...

comment by garfios, on 10-20-2011
[QUOTE=Johnwoo8686]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 but if the fight were to happen in two years and if Gamboa doesn't close ...

Donaire by KO if ever the fight happens....
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 mark. If Nonito can take his speed with him all the way to lightw...

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