Gamboa Destroys Paniagua
Former 2004 Cuban Olympic featherweight Gold medallist Yuriorkis Gamboa (5-0, 4 KOs) flattened Argentinian Nestor Hugo Paniagua (17-4-1, 14 KOs) in little over one minute of the 1st round on Friday night in Hansehalle, Luebeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Gamboa, 25, knocked Paniagua with a left-right combination seconds into the fight. After getting up, Gamboa was immediately on him pounding him with combinations and driving him across the ring.
After reaching the ropes, Paniagua attempted helplessly to cover up, but it was no good, as Gamboa unloaded on him with a barrage of punches that knocked Paniagua down to the bottom rope where he hung there as Gamboa dished out another four shots at the helpless and hurt Paniagua.
By the time the referee Heinrich Muehmert moved in to stop the fight, Paniagua was badly hurt from Gamboa’s final shots. The bout was officially stopped at 1:05 of the 1st round.
In the first round, Paniagua started out with several ineffective jabs. He then immediately covered up with both hands and retreated to the ropes as Gamboa came forward throwing hooks to the body and head. On the fourth punch landed, a right hand, Paniagua collapsed to the canvas. However, the punch didn’t seem very hard at all, and it appeared that Paniagua didn’t have much heart for the fight. As soon as he got up, Gamboa rushed at him throwing windmill hooks with both hands and driving Paniagua back with every punch landed. All this time, Paniagua wasn’t throwing anything in return as he covered up in a attempt to block some of the incoming shots. It didn’t work. Gamboa landed a flurry of shots, dropping Paniagua to the ropes where he then obliterated him before the slow-moving referee could step in and both stop the fight and protect the helpless Paniagua.
Gamboa, one of the top fighters in the 2004 Olympics, defected from the Cuban national team in December 2006. Two other Cuban fighters, Yan Barthelemy and Odlanier Solis, defected with Gamboa, all which moved to Germany and signed professional boxing contracts.