After a year of inactivity and promoter issues, Yuriorkis Gamboa has found a home. The former featherweight title-holder has signed a multi-fight deal with Golden Boy Promotions which begins on March 11 with a fight against Rene Alvarado.
The Alvarado fight will be on the undercard David Lemieux vs. Curtis Stevens, airing live on HBO from Verona’s Turning Stone Resort Casino.
“I am looking forward to winning yet another world title, and I know Golden Boy Promotions is the perfect place to help guide me,” Gamboa said in a statement. “Though I have recently had some long stretches of inactivity, that stops today, and I will take on anyone, anytime, to achieve my goal of recapturing a championship belt.”
Since suffering a ninth round stoppage to Terence Crawford in June 2014, Gamboa’s career has stalled under bizarre circumstances. He spent the last two years in court trying to void a contract with 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions. Last month, a comeback fight in France was canceled after his opponent, Malcolm Klassen, was arrested in a drug raid. Gamboa’s trainer, Ismael Salas, also bailed on his fighter when he learned Gamboa had been training with Pedro Diaz. On New Year’s Day, a video surfaced of Gamboa knocking out an unidentified man during a gym brawl.
Despite this baggage, Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya believes Gamboa can easily return to the elite level.
“When he is on his game, there are few better than Gamboa in the 126, 130, or 135 weight classes,” said De La Hoya. “We are going to get him in the ring in a quality match as soon as possible, and then work with him to start his path back to championship glory.”
The March 11 contest will be Gamboa’s first bout since scoring a 10-round unanimous decision over Hylon Williams Jr. in December 2015.