Gamboa: Put Up or Shut Up


All sports have their fair share of trash talkers. Some of the names that come to mind are John McEnroe, Dennis Rodman and Deion Sanders. Boxing has more trash talkers in the sport then any of the others. All of the names I have already mentioned have all backed up their trash talking. Those are some of the most famous athletes in the world. It is true there are some of the greatest trash talkers of all time that exist in the sport of boxing. Muhammad Ali being one of the greatest athlete of all time was also the most notorious trash talkers that ever lived. He backed his talk up by simply being one of the best fighters the world has ever seen. Floyd Mayweather Jr. Is certainly the most hated fighter in the world today but has backed his talk up with an undefeated record.

Most people see trash talking as classless or unsportsmanlike. While others, like myself become huge fans of trash talking. The one thing we are in agreement with however, is a dislike in a person who doesn’t back up their talk. As the saying goes “you can talk the talk but can you walk the walk?” Since trash talking is a big part in the sport of boxing it can affect a fighters career in a major way. Trash talk can help promote the fight and be beneficial to how much money a particular fighter is worth. Mayweather for example has made his whole career off his trash talk. It can also make or break a fighters reputation. This past December Adrien Broner almost committed career suicide by over looking his opponent and ran his mouth too much. Broner was then KO’ed by Marcos Maidana which caused a week long media frenzy.

This week on twitter @gamboa, which is the official account for Yuriorkis Gamboa, took it upon himself to insight a war of words with camp Garcia. Robert Garcia’s camp is who I am referring to and in particular Robert’s brother Mikey Garcia. Gamboa is no stranger to the Garcia camp. On March 14 2012 he was set to face then up and coming Brandon Rios. Rios along with Garcia went out to Miami to announce the fight with Gamboa’s promoter at the time Top Rank. Gamboa never showed up and went on a lay off that lasted longer then a year. Since that time both Rios and Garcia had moved to elite status while Gamboa has suffered a major set back.

Everyday now Gamboa has been posting videos, mixed messages, even engaged in a twitter beef with Rios. All over him trying to land the ultimate shot at Mikey Garcia. After Garcia’s last victory over Roman Martinez he called out Gamboa live on HBO. Since then we have heard not a word about the two meeting in the ring from camp Garcia. In fact in a recent interview with Hit First Boxing, he stated “Gamboa will never fight any of my fighters. You can count me on that.” Robert backed up his feelings by going back to March 2012 when Gamboa let him down. Garcia feels the recent twitter rants are due to Gamboa’s starvation. He may indeed be hungry for a fight. 50 Cent hasn’t been banging on the door with a big money fight lately. In fact it’s been months since we have heard anyone utter Gamboa’s name. All trash talk aside I do sincerely hope that after Saturdays fight Mikey Garcia will address this issue. I am hoping the outcome will be a fight between the two. Only a meeting in the ring will determine if Gamboa can back up all the trash talk. If he doesn’t, like Broner, he too would be committing career suicide. If he does succeed then his career will finally take off. It’s time for Gamboa to put his money where his mouth is and for 50 Cent to get him the perfect opportunity.


Robert “Mister Research” Alexander- I was born in raised in the Midwest in Springfield, IL the capital city. I grew up influenced in the great sport of boxing through my father who idolized the great Muhammad Ali. I then followed the sport on my own and followed the careers of all the great fighters in the late 80′s through today. I have a thirst for knowledge in general and all who are around me would categorize me as a sports junkie. I have aspirations of becoming one of the great journalists of my time and also like to write short stories as well. I’m 32 years young with no kids and my whole life ahead of me.