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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.




Former champion Yuriorkis Gamboa brought in 2017 with a knockout during a gym brawl in Miami, Florida.

The footage shows Gamboa being attacked by an unidentified man as spectators move in to separate them. During the pull-apart, Gamboa doubles up his left hook and drops the man.

The ruckus continous a bizarre career stretch for Gamboa. A December 17 bout against Malcolm Klassen was cancelled the day of when a police hotel raid found Klassen in possession of performance-enhancing drugs. Gamboa’s trainer, Ismael Salas, also ditched his fighter¬†the week of the fight after discovering Gamboa was also training with Pedro Diaz.

Gamboa’s last fight was a unanimous decision win over Hylon Williams in December 2015.

If you‚Äôre stuck in your ways, you‚Äôre stuck in your ways. He might do it for a little bit [Floyd Sr.’s defensive techniques] in the beginning. But once the fight heats up, he‚Äôll go back to his old ways. – TERENCE CRAWFORD



OMAHA, NEBRASKA — With over 10,000 of his hometown fans cheering him on, Terence Crawford solidified himself as an in-ring and box office force within the lightweight division by knocking out previously undefeated Yuriorkis Gamboa. The highly competitive fight had momentum switches, high-level boxing, dangerous exchanges and a definitive ending, making it one a the few times we see a fight where the loser is also elevated.


THE SMALLER MAN STARTS STRONG: Although I had the fight even (2-2) after four rounds, Gamboa had already succeeded in nullifying Crawford’s long reach and height with quick, potshot right hooks upstairs, and straight lefts and rights to the body. The rounds that Crawford won was when he was able to match Gamboa’s output and keep the speedy Cuban on the end of his long left jab. Nonetheless, the more telling shots were coming from the Cuban.

THE MOMENT¬†THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING: Crawford started switch-hitting in the third to offset Gamboa’s speed and tendency to keep his left hand low. Initially, the tactic was a mixed bag. While Crawford was able to clip Gamboa with solid right jabs, but also allowed himself to get clocked easier by Gamboa’s right hooks.

In retrospect, Crawford was simply biding his time for the perfect opportunity. That came when Gamboa leaped in and was stung by a perfect counter right hook. Gamboa stumbled and was punched flat on his stomach in short order. Gamboa’s machismo took over and he tried to brawl to even up the round. That strategy ¬†left him out of on his feet as Crawford hurt him with a left hand to close out a dominant fifth.


DEFENSIVE WINS AND LOSES CHAMPIONSHIPS: As Crawford predicted, Gamboa would go back to his old ways once the fight began heating up. Gone was the patient but explosive boxing that Gamboa had shown over the first four rounds. Now he was coming in unbalanced with telegraphed haymakers.

Outside of surprising Crawford with a few hooks in the opening minute of the sixth, the defending champion coolly outboxed Gamboa from the southpaw stance. The repeated right jabs and straight lefts began to swell Gamboa’s face. By the eighth, he was on the canvas again, this time after pinning Crawford on the ropes and forcing an exchange of power shots.

GAMBOA’S LAST STAND AND A ROUND OF THE YEAR HOPEFUL: Gamboa dug deep for one last hurrah in the ninth. A hook during an inside exchange hurt Crawford badly and had him stumbling backwards. Wisely, Crawford was easily able to tie up Gamboa repeatedly, utilizing his long arms to grab and smother all of Gamboa’s attempts to follow up. When he eventually recovered, he turned Gamboa’s desperation against him for a third knockdown, this time off two smashing left hooks.

Bravely, Gamboa reached his feet and went right back into the lion’s den. That aggression ended his night via a counter right uppercut for the fourth and final knockdown.

CRAWFORD’S SKILL SET: There can be no doubt now that Terence Crawford is the real deal. This fight was a beautiful display of all the assets he holds. He not only punches with power, but with pinpoint accuracy. During wild exchanges, this proved invaluable as he landed cleaner and more often. He doesn’t panic when hurt and knows how to hold effectively. He can also adjust tactics round to round to keep opponents guessing. And most importantly, he has the frame that will allow him to move to the higher and more lucrative weights (he was 152 in the ring last night).

GAMBOA STILL A FORCE: Gamboa was overwhelmed, but his heart has several people already calling this a Fight of the Year contender. The shots he landed normally puts guys out at the lower weight, but the lightweight division appears a jump too steep for a man of Gamboa’s physical stature. Going back down five pounds to super featherweight gives him a list of good opponents. The Mikey Garcia fight might be easier to make now. The Juan Manuel Lopez fight, although years too late, would still generate interest and be action-packed. Javier Fortuna, or the winner of next month’s Argenis Mendez-Rances Barthelemy rematch, would be good options as well.

OMAHA IS ON THE MAP: ¬†Boxing promoters, take notice. The great crowd you saw in Omaha is what happens when you put cards where the fighter’s fans are¬†over random casinos. Crawford is now a proven attraction at the gate, meaning potential foes will likely have to make that Nebraska trip. This gives Crawford a lot of negotiating leverage which will serve him well when he campaigns at 140 and 147.





PREDICTION: I’m not usually one to change my pick at the last-minute, but here I am flip-flopping just a few hours after today’s weigh-in. In my interview yesterday with Crawford, the lightweight titlist was adamant in saying his body was telling him his lightweight days are numbered. That was evident at the weigh-in, as he appeared drawn at 134 pounds. Although shorter in stature, it was Gamboa who looked freakishly strong and filled out in only his second lightweight bout. According to his promoter 50 Cent, we could expect to see Gamboa close to 150 pounds in the ring on Saturday.

This past week, I predicted Crawford’s range and counter-punching ability we be enough to keep Gamboa tame. Now, I feel that Gamboa’s vast amateur experience, excellent shape, and the the sheer anger he’s bringing into the ring after years of inactivity/politics, will be what fuels his victory. From the weigh-in, Gamboa had an easier time making the weight, so I expect him to be stronger and too fast for Crawford to tag consistently. GAMBOA UD

Crawford vs. Gamboa airs on HBO June 28 at 10 p.m. ET.



Watch the full weigh-in for Saturday’s WBO¬†championship match between titlist¬†Terence Crawford and Yuriorkis¬†Gamboa. The stream opens at 4 p.m. ET and will also feature the weights¬†of co-main event fighters Matt Korobov¬†and Jose Uzcategui. Click the below link for coverage.



Watch the final press conference for the Terence Crawford vs. Yuriorkis¬†Gamboa, the first championship boxing¬†match from Omaha, Nebraska in 42 years. The presser will be stream via Top Rank live from the Grand A Ballroom. Tomorrow’s weigh-in will also be made available here on BeatsBoxingMayhem. The card airs Saturday June 28 with middleweights¬†Matt Korobov¬†vs. Jose Uzcategu as the co-feature.



DEERFIELD BEACH, FL — Promoter 50 Cent and former world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa¬†held an open workout today at¬†Iron Mike Productions’ gym for the latter’s June 28 challenge to WBO lightweight titlist Terence Crawford. This will be the biggest test thus far in both men’s lightweight campaigns. After the workout, Gamboa gave some insight into his strategy and future plans should he get by Crawford.

The bout will air on HBO “Boxing After Dark” at 10 p.m. live from Century Link Center in Omaha, Nebraska.



Coming from Cuba, the guys were technical and had size, and I fought them a lot. Me, I’ve perfected my strategy to fighting these type of fighters.

I think this will be a counter-vs-counter match.”

Objective is to get him to the middle range where I can use my speed.

Logic says to carry a little more weight as you get older, so I’m comfortable fighting at this weight.

The training camp is going perfect.

How are you preparing in this training camp?

General conditioning and working on specific objectives as we draw closer to the fight.


Working with Floyd Sr?

We worked on defense and counter punching.  I know I tend to put my hands down and we worked on that.


Strategy vs Crawford

The game plan is to attack from the start, be on the defensive, and develop the fight from there.


Why did you go fight Crawford in his hometown?

At this point, we have nothing to lose. We fight whenever, where ever.



We will have a great fight and I’ll give you the best of me every time I fight.¬†¬†We will win.


Working with 50?

It’s been two years up to this point it has been a great opportunity.¬†¬†I’m aware that other promoters have not made it easy for 50 to complete his two bout agreement.


What’s next?

After this fight, sitting with SMS and looking for a fight with Garcia or someone of that stature.




The objective for the fight

The first objective is not only to win the championship, it’s to give SMS Promotions a better advantage.¬†¬†I feel they have left them [SMS Promotions] on the side and not given them fights because they don’t them to have a champion.


Regarding his career

We have had a great career, of course, nothing is perfect. We have the right to make mistakes like humans but this is a great opportunity to show the people that Gamboa, ‘The Hurricane of Guantanamo’ is here.


His state of fighting activity and inactivity

Are you worried about that going into the ring with Crawford? “I’m not worried about that one bit.¬†¬†I’m not only active when a fight presents itself.¬†¬†For me inactivity is when you are not training at all but I’m always training.



Gamboa has been with me from the beginning. I got the opportunity to see his talents early on.¬†¬†He’s here in Miami training hard and this is going to be a great fight.