PRIMM — Though only 10 fights into his professional career, Yuriorkis Gamboa looks as if he might be something special.
Gamboa, the 2004 Olympic flyweight gold medalist, took another step toward what he hopes will be a big-money bout in the not-too-distant future, scoring a 10-round unanimous decision over Darling Jimenez on Saturday at Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena.
Dalby Shirley scored the fight 99-91, and Patricia Morse Jarman and Raul Caiz both had it 97-92, all for Gamboa (10-0).
The Cuba native dominated most of the fight but had to survive a fourth-round knockdown when he got careless and the veteran Jimenez (23-3-2) nailed him with a left to the chin.
Gamboa, who claimed it was a slip, managed to shake off the knockdown and continued to dominate.
“He was tougher than I thought,” Gamboa said through an interpreter. “But I did what I had to do. Basically, I did my job, and I’m happy to have won the fight.”
Gamboa, who won the WBC international super featherweight championship, has his sights set on a far bigger prize.
He said he eventually would like a crack at Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez or any of the other top fighters in the division.
Gamboa was one of three fighters on the card who remained undefeated.
Former Mexican Olympian Alfred Angulo won a slugfest over Richard Gutierrez, landing a flurry of right hands in the fifth round before referee Tony Weeks stopped the fight.
Angulo, who improved to 13-0 with the fifth-round technical knockout, won the WBO intercontinental junior middleweight belt.
Angulo, who averaged 107 punches thrown per round, survived a left hook to the body that hurt him early in the fifth round.
He then went after Gutierrez, tagging him with several right hands to the head, then going to the body before continuing the assault upstairs.
Gutierrez (24-2) was defenseless against Angulo’s right hand, prompting Weeks to stop the fight. Gutierrez was virtually out on his feet when the end came at 2:48.
“It was a tough round,” Angulo said. “He hurt me, yes, but I was able to hurt him. My preparation paid off.”
James Kirkland also stayed undefeated, making quick work of Eromosele Albert with two knockdowns in the first 66 seconds of their 10-round junior middleweight fight.
Kirkland (22-0, 19 knockouts) needed just 10 punches to take out Albert (21-2). After the second knockdown, referee Joe Cortez quickly stepped in and stopped the fight.
“I just wanted to have a good time,” said Kirkland, who won the vacant NABO junior middleweight title. “I come to fight every time, and I trained hard. I don’t overlook anybody.”
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