Gamboa quits in corner, Abraham Lopez takes first defeat

Gamboa quits in corner, Abraham Lopez takes first defeat

May 5, 2017


LAS VEGAS – From the MGM Grand Garden Arena on the eve of the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. bout, Golden Boy Promotions aired their third edition of “Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN.”

Cuba’s Yuriorkis Gamboa headlined the event against Mexico’s Robinson Castellanos. Gamboa last fought in March of this year, in a unanimous decision win over Rene Alvarado that saw him compete for the first time since 2015.

Official scorecard from Gamboa-Castellanos. 

Official scorecard from Gamboa-Castellanos. 

Within the first few rounds, both fighters exchanged with speed and unorthodox shots. Gamboa, 35, found himself down twice in the third and the fourth, respectively. Catsellanos (24-12, 14 KOs) was the taller fighter in the fight, and seemingly used it to his advantage at certain points.  Gamboa, at times, had a mild case of showboating tactics, but it came back to bite him following the end of the seventh.

I felt super dizzy and felt like I couldn’t go on. We trained hard.
— Yuriorkis Gamboa

The 35-year-old Castellanos eventually inflicted enough damage for Gamboa to reveal that he no longer wished to continue before the beginning of the eighth round. Castellanos, after hearing the decision, realized this was the win he needed in order to stay competitive and obtain bigger bouts. 

This win is the opportunity that I needed, and it’s because of the incredible team around me.
— Robinson Castellanos

In the co-main event of the night, undefeated Abraham Lopez stepped into the ring against Jesus Rojas of Puerto Rico. From the first round, Rojas made it known which fighter maintained the power behind his punches.

Rojas (25-1-2, 17 KOs) came out as the aggressor and was able to drop Lopez in the second from a multitude of shots. The 29-year-old Lopez displayed his boxing ability as he began utilizing his jab more, and pivoted his feet in order to find openings. However, Rojas, 30, kept walking through the punches and eventually handed Lopez the first loss of his career by TKO stoppage in the eighth round of the bout. With the victory, Rojas captured Lopez’s WBA-NABA featherweight title.

This win is the opportunity to be on the global stage, and take on world champions. I promised my father that I would become a world champion, and even though he is not with me anymore, I carry on our dream.
— Jesus Rojas

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(Feature photo: Cynthia Saldaña/Frontproof Media)

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