By Rich Cheney: Former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (26-2, 17 KOs) will be trying to keep alive what was once a promising career tonight in a 10-round fight against Alexis Reyes (15-2-1, 7 KOs) in lightweight action at the Arena Oasis in Cancun, Mexico.
To say that the 35-year-old Gamboa badly needs a win tonight is an understatement. Gamboa was stopped in the 7th round by contender Robinson Castellanos (24-13, 14 KOs) on May 5. Some people thought Gamboa was going to win that fight going in.
As soon as the action started, it was clear that the 35-year-old Castellanos had too much for Gamboa in knocking him down in rounds 3 and 4. Gamboa was also hurt in the 7th.
Gamboa weighed in at 133 lbs. during Friday’s weigh-in. Reyes, 22, also weighed in at 133. It was reported that Gamboa might be moving back down to featherweight for the Reyes fight. I didn’t believe it for a second, as Gamboa hasn’t made weight for featherweight fight since 2011. At this point, I don’t think Gamboa can lose the weight to get down to that weight class. It’s too bad. Gamboa’s only chance of being relevant is likely at featherweight.
Gamboa has been knocked down in 4 out of his last 7 fights since 2012. That’s not good.
Reyes is a lot younger than Gamboa. He might be able to give Gamboa problems on youth alone tonight.