ATLANTA — The speed and power of Yuriorkis Gamboa was no longer there to compete against Gervonta Davis. All that remained was Gamboa’s heart and veteran tricks, which allowed him to survive knockdowns but ultimately fall in the 12th round.
Gamboa went down in the second, eighth and 12th rounds. Most of the damage was done via Davis’s southpaw left hand. Gamboa was able to extend the fight with excessive holding but appeared in danger every time Davis landed.
After nearly being stopped at the end of the 11th, Davis utilized a left uppercut to finish matters early in the 12th.
The fight was Davis’s first time going past the ninth round.
Gamboa speculated that he ruptures his Achilles tendon in the second round.
“I’m a warrior and I kept going, but as soon as I felt it I knew it was ruptured. I couldn’t put pressure on it. I wanted to keep going. I told my corner it was a problem but I wanted to keep going because I’m a warrior.
“I’m going to keep going. 135 is my weight. I want to stay there.”