Former featherweight titlist Yuriorkis Gamboa has been named as a client of a Miami-based clinic that has prescribed performance enhancing drugs to a group of high-profile professional athletes for the past several years.
According to the Miami New Times, the anti-aging clinic Biogenesis dealt human growth hormones (HGH), anabolic steroids and testosterone before it closed last month. Gamboa allegedly became a client based on the handwritten notebook of Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch, who prescribed a regimen for the boxer that included HGH and a testosterone cream.
In addition, the Bosch’s notes recommended that Gamboa cycle off performance enhancing drugs preceding his canceled April 2012 fight with Brandon Rios, advising Gamboa to “start clean-up Dec.1.”
Gamboa is the only boxer named in the investigation along with a list that inclues prominent baseball stars such as Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and Nelson Cruz.
The developing story has already been dubbed the “East Coast Balco” in memory of the West Coast clinic that exposed the steroid use of athletes such as Marion Jones and Shane Mosley nearly a decade ago.
At press time, Gamboa nor his representatives could be reached for comment.
“Innocent until proven guilty” is still the motto we should all adhere to, but I’m positive no one is surprised no matter when you stand on this issue. When you consider that the steroid tests for boxing really didn’t become a serious topic until early 2010 when the first Mayweather-Pacquiao negotiations collapsed, the idea that Gamboa, who scored devastating KOs in all his 2009 fights, has a monster physique and a freakish combination of speed and power, might have been on something is not that big of a stretch.
We’ll see where this goes in the coming weeks. Unless Gamboa is forced to testify in front of a grand jury, I doubt he’ll divulge many details.