This was originally posted on Noel's Boxing Blog at http://noelsboxing.blogspot.com/2012/06/fight-id-like-to-see-adrian-broner-vs.html.
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Both Adrien Broner and Yuriorkis Gamboa are quick handed fighters with a lot of power who aren’t afraid to engage their opponents. While many fights between slick boxers produce uneventful fights, I think this would definitely be an exception.
Broner is a slick boxer in much the same way Mayweather is. He effectively employs skillful feints, shoulder rolls, and good foot work among his defensive tactics. He also has exceptional power at junior lightweight, and knows how to finish. The knock on Broner is that he’s young in his career, and he hasn’t had much big fight experience. His biggest fights have been against Daniel Ponce De Leon and Jason Litzau. The Litzau fight was especially impressive considering that Litzau beat Celestino Caballero in his previous fight. However, Litzau’s has generally been considered limited with a fragile chin (Litzau has suffered three knock outs in three losses). Broner faces Vicente Escobedo in his next fight, and while Escobedo may be good enough to really test him, I expect Broner to pass without too much trouble.
Gamboa is also young in his career, but has been brought along quickly. His last three fights have been against Orlando Salido, Jorge Solis, and Daniel Ponce Deleon. Gamboa’s win over Salido looks more impressive now considering that Salido owns two knockout wins over Juan Manuel Lopez. Gamboa has exceptional speed and reflexes honed over the course of over 250 amateur fights. Along with this speed, he has great power, and this makes him exciting to watch. The only problems he‘s had have been that he can get careless at times while trying to be aggressive, and that he can be lulled into performance lapses where he doesn’t seem focused. He has been able to temper his recklessness, but he still goes through periods where he’s not totally there. If he ever does fight Broner, falling asleep in the ring might mean getting knocked out.
The reason I want to see this fight is because it's a fight between two prime fighters who both posses a lot of speed and power. The fight could be contended at the highest level of skill, while at the same time being a shootout that would likely end inside the distance. It is fights like these that are good for boxing. Let’s all hope it happens.
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