Yuriorkis Gamboa quits between rounds against Castellanos

After seven rounds of getting countered and beat to the punch, Yuriorkis Gamboa, former unified featherweight world champion, called it quits on his stool and handed the win to Robinson Castellanos.

Down once in round three and four, Yuriorkis Gamboa (26-2, 17KOs) looked a step too slow and never found a way to land the power punches that have gotten him out of trouble so many times. He had been knocked down in six previous fights and won all of them except his TKO loss to Terence Crawford in 2014. This is just the second loss of his  career.

Robinson Castellanos (23-12, 14KOs) is the same age as Gamboa but looked like the younger fighter in the ring even though he has 12 loses and has been stopped seven times in his career. His punches were sharper and he exposed Gamboa’s inept defense that’s hinged on reflexes that have rapidly diminished over the past few years.

In order for Gamboa to continue his trek to the top of the rankings and secure another title shot, he’ll have to improve his weaknesses, which are fundamentals. He punches too wide, which he has gotten away with for so long because he was always faster than his opponents. That’s no longer the case. He can’t fight on the inside and doesn’t know how to tie up his opponent when he’s in trouble. This played a role in both of his loses and will continue if he doesn’t adjust in his advanced age as a fighter.