Yuriorkis Gamboa Toledano (born 23 December 1981) is a Cuban professional boxer. He is a former unified featherweight world champion, having held the WBA and IBF titles between 2009 and 2011, and challenged once for the WBO lightweight title in 2014. As an amateur he won a gold medal in the flyweight division at the 2004 Olympics, and bronze in the featherweight division at the 2005 World Championships.
Gamboa (center) in 2011
|Real name||Yuriorkis Gamboa Toledano|
|Nickname(s)||El Ciclon de Guantánamo|
("The Cyclone from Guantánamo")
|Height||5 ft 5 1⁄2 in (166 cm)|
|Reach||65 in (165 cm)|
|Born||23 December 1981|
|Wins by KO||18|
- Four-time Cuban national champion
- 2003 Pan American Games gold medalist
- 2004 Olympic gold medalists
- 2005 World Amateur Boxing Championships bronze medalist
- 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games bronze medalist
- 2006 World Cup champion
- Round of 32 – Defeated Igor Samoilenco of Moldava – PTS (46-33)
- Round of 16 – Defeated Somjit Jongjohor of Thailand – PTS (26-21)
- Quarterfinals – Defeated Georgy Balakshin of Russia – PTS (26-18)
- Semifinals – Defeated Rustamhodza Rahimov of Germany – PTS (20-11)
- Gold Medal Match – Defeated Jérôme Thomas of France – PTS (38-23)
While training in Venezuela, Gamboa, along with Cuban teammates Odlanier Solís and Yan Barthelemy, snuck out of camp and found their way to Colombia and eventually to Germany, where they applied for visas to enter the United States. Before defecting, he had sold his Olympic gold medal to support his family.
Debut in GermanyEdit
Gamboa made his professional boxing debut on 27 April 2007, in Hamburg, Germany against Alexan Manvelyan. He prepared for his pro debut and his next seven fights with technical specialist Manny Masson. Gamboa put Manvelyan on the canvas in the third round and won via unanimous decision victory. Two months later, he defeated Araik Sachbazjan when Sachbazjan retired before the beginning of round four.
Debut in the United StatesEdit
After winning his first four fights in Germany, Gamboa made his United States debut on 30 October 2007, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, against Adailton De Jesus, who was dropped to the canvas halfway through the first round. A Gamboa slip in the fourth round was ruled a knockdown by the referee. Gamboa's relentless pressure eventually forced a stoppage in the sixth and final round.
Gamboa fought Gilberto Luque on 5 January 2008, at Bally's Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Gamboa sent his opponent to the canvas less than 30 seconds into first round with a left hand. After two more knockdowns, the referee stopped the fight. On 22 February 2008, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he made his American television debut against Johnnie Edwards. Gamboa knocked Edwards down in the first 30 seconds of the fight after connecting with a left hand to the head. Edwards got up, but was met with left-hand punches from Gamboa, ending with two consecutive right hands that knocked Edwards down for the second and final time as the referee moved in and halted the fight in round one. Gamoba won the vacant WBC-NABF super featherweight title.
On 17 May 2008, at Buffalo Bill's Star Arena in Primm, Nevada, Gamboa fought Darling Jimenez. Gamboa started off well in the first three rounds of the fight, swarming Jimenez and hitting him with punches over and over but got careless and was knocked down by a right hand behind the ear from Jimenez. Gamboa got up and finished the fight strong, winning by unanimous decision and claiming the vacant WBC International super featherweight title. After the fight, Gamboa's promoter Ahmet Öner fired Gamboa's trainer Osmiri Fernandez, replacing him with Ismeal Salas. On 18 July 2008, stepping down to featherweight, Gamboa scored a first-round technical knockout (TKO) victory over Al Seeger to win the vacant WBO-NABO featherweight title at Buffalo Bill's Star Arena. A left hook to the body set up a right hand that landed across Seeger's face, causing him to collapse backwards flat onto the canvas. The referee stepped over Seeger without bothering to count, officially stopping the bout.
On 5 October 2008, Gamboa stepped up in class and fought Marcos Ramirez, a Kansas City featherweight in Temecula, California. Gamboa exhibited amazing hand speed and quick combination punching in the first round before he was dropped by Ramirez. Gamboa quickly came to his feet and resumed fighting until the bell rang to signify the end of the round. In the second round, Gamboa picked up where he left off and knocked Ramirez down with a fast right uppercut, followed by another combination. Ramirez let the referee administer the eight count before rising to his feet. Gamboa then finished the fight by pressuring Ramirez into the ropes and landing a left hook to the body, followed by a right uppercut to the jaw. Gamboa's next fight took place at Buffalo Bill's Star Arena on 9 January 2009 against Roger Gonzalez. Gamboa used quick combinations from the beginning of the third round to relentlessly attack Gonzalez. Gamboa began his assault after going down during the second round, after absorbing a sneaky right hand by Gonzalez.[original research?] The referee halted the one-sided bout with 48 seconds remaining after Gonzalez sustained a barrage of punches to the head. Gamboa led 89–82 on one judge's scorecard and 89–83 on the other two judges' cards through nine rounds.
On 20 February 2009, Gamboa fought Walter Estrada at The University Center at Nova Southeastern University. Gamboa knocked out Estrada with a left hook to the body followed by a right hand to the face 25 seconds into the fight.
On 17 April 2009 Gamboa stopped Jose Rojas via tenth-round TKO to win the WBA interim featherweight title. On 10 October 2009 Gamboa stopped Whyber Garcia in the fourth round to win the WBA featherweight title.
On 23 January 2010, at the WaMu Theater in Madison Square Garden, he defeated Rogers Mtagwa in two rounds. Gamboa buzzed Mtagwa several times from several angles and scored a knockdown in the final ten seconds with a counter hook. He continued the damage in the second round, battering Mtagwa and sending him down two more times before the fight was stopped. On 27 March 2010 at Hamburg, Germany Gamboa dominated Argentinian boxer Jonathan Victor Barros in twelve rounds to retain the WBA featherweight title with a unanimous decision.
Gamboa vs. SalidoEdit
On 11 September 2010, Gamboa fought The Ring No. 3 ranked featherweight Orlando Salido to unify the WBA and IBF featherweight titles with the result being Gamboa winning by unanimous decision. Salido knocked down Gamboa in the eighth round. Gamboa knocked Salido down twice in the twelfth round, but was docked two points for hitting Salido in the back of his head while Salido was down. With this win Gamboa became the first Cuban boxer to hold the IBF world title since the organization's inception.
Gamboa vs. SolísEdit
On 26 March 2011 Gamboa fought Jorge Solís to defend his WBA featherweight title. Although the fight was originally agreed to contest both of Gamboa's WBA and IBF featherweight titles, Gamboa missed a mandatory re-weighing procedure established by the IBF which resulted in the title being withdrawn. The fight lasted only four rounds after Gamboa sent Solis to the floor a total of five times, causing referee David Fields to stop the fight, giving Gamboa the victory by TKO. After the fight, Gamboa was interviewed, a moment that Gamboa took advantage of to express his awareness and support towards the victims of Japan's latest earthquake and tsunami. Gamboa also took the opportunity to proclaim his desire to fight higher caliber featherweight boxers such as Indonesian Chris John and Puerto Rican Juan Manuel López, who was attending the fight as a spectator and decided to come up to the ring and proclaim his desire for a possible fight with Gamboa as he also made the observation that it was a business decision to be taken by their shared promoter Bob Arum.
Gamboa vs. de LeónEdit
On 10 September 2011, Gamboa fought Ring top 10 ranked featherweight Daniel Ponce de León in a non-title fight. Gamboa managed to connect more punches in every round to keep the scorecards in his favor. Although there were not many exchanges, Gamboa's hand speed and reflexes were on display as he connected with quick and short combinations and managed to avoid some of de León's left swings with his characteristic upper body movement. In the eighth round, during a short exchange, Gamboa and de León accidentally clashed heads, resulting in de León suffering a cut to his forehead, consequently the referee stopped the fight and asked de León's corner to check the boxer's wound. After having tried and failed to stop the bleeding it was determined by de León's team that their fighter was unable to continue in the fight.
On 26 October 2011, Gamboa hired world-famous Emanuel Steward as his head trainer. Gamboa was initially set to return in April 2012 against lightweight champion Brandon Rios, but he pulled out of the bout citing problems with his contract with Top Rank. After a long dispute between Gamboa and Top Rank, the two sides agreed to part ways, with Gamboa's contract being bought out for a flat fee. In July 2012, Gamboa signed a promotional contract with 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s promotional company, The Money Team Promotions.
After the 50 Cent-Mayweather TMT Promotions never came to fruition, 50 Cent decided to make his own promotional company SMS Promotions and officially signed Gamboa. 50 Cent worked with Top Rank's Bob Arum and Mayweather's rival Manny Pacquiao. Gamboa then landed a fight undercard of Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4 on 8 December 2012. He fought Michael Farenas, who fought to a draw in his previous fight with WBA title holder Takashi Uchiyama. Gamboa was show boating throughout the fight while Farenas maintained his focus. Farenas was dropped twice which gave Gamboa more confidence, dropping his hands occasionally. In the ninth round Gamboa tried to finish Farenas off with a barrage of punches but Farenas countered him with a left hook that dropped Gamboa. Gamboa stopped show boating after the ninth round, winning the fight by unanimous decision.
Performance-enhancing drug controversyEdit
As he was moving up to lightweight, Gamboa was linked to performance-enhancing drugs through the Biogenesis scandal, which included Alex Rodriguez.
Gamboa eventually moved up in weight to take on undefeated Darleys Pérez (28-0) for the vacant WBA interim lightweight title. Gamboa dropped Pérez in the first round and easily won most of the follow up rounds, Yuriorkis continued to have success on the outside winning almost all the middle rounds as well. Gamboa although fighting at an unusually measured pace at times consistently beat Pérez to the punch amassing a clear lead in the bout. Pérez came alive momentarily to drop Gamboa in the eleventh but this was ruled a slip and Yuriorkis Gamboa won a comfortable unanimous decision improving to 23-0.
Gamboa vs. CrawfordEdit
On 28 June 2014 Gamboa faced off against undefeated WBO titlist Terence Crawford on HBO Boxing After Dark. Gamboa got off to a hot start, winning the first four rounds and using his superior foot speed and hand speed but was caught and dropped by a right hook in the fifth round. Gamboa continued to fight back but was dropped again in the eighth and finally was stopped in the ninth round after two knockdowns and a huge right hook by Crawford. "We were just two warriors in the ring trying to get the victory, and he won." stated Gamboa after the bout. This was Gamboa's first loss as a professional ending his undefeated streak.
After losing to Crawford, Gamboa started to become less active. He won three straight fights before suffering an upset loss against Robinson Castellanos.
Professional boxing recordEdit
|33 fights||30 wins||3 losses|
|33||Loss||30–3||Gervonta Davis||TKO||12 (12), 1:17||28 Dec 2019||State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.||For vacant WBA (Regular) lightweight title|
|32||Win||30–2||Román Martínez||KO||2 (10), 2:00||27 Jul 2019||Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|31||Win||29–2||Miguel Beltrán Jr.||UD||10||10 Nov 2018||Marlins Park, Miami, Florida, U.S.|
|30||Win||28–2||Jason Sosa||MD||10||25 Nov 2017||The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|29||Win||27–2||Alexis Reyes||MD||10||12 Aug 2017||Arena Oasis, Cancún, Mexico|
|28||Loss||26–2||Robinson Castellanos||RTD||7 (10), 3:00||5 May 2017||Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|27||Win||26–1||Rene Alvarado||UD||10||11 Mar 2017||Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York, U.S.|
|26||Win||25–1||Hylon Williams Jr.||UD||10||19 Dec 2015||Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York, U.S.|
|25||Win||24–1||Joel Montes de Oca||TKO||6 (10), 1:13||15 Nov 2014||Plaza de Toros, Cancún, Mexico|
|24||Loss||23–1||Terence Crawford||KO||9 (12), 2:53||28 Jun 2014||CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.||For WBO lightweight title|
|23||Win||23–0||Darleys Pérez||UD||12||8 Jun 2013||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Won WBA interim lightweight title|
|22||Win||22–0||Michael Farenas||UD||12||8 Dec 2012||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won WBA interim super featherweight title|
|21||Win||21–0||Daniel Ponce de León||TD||8 (12), 1:24||10 Sep 2011||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||Unanimous TD after de León was cut from an accidental head clash|
|20||Win||20–0||Jorge Solís||TKO||4 (12), 1:31||26 Mar 2011||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||Retained WBA (Super) featherweight title|
|19||Win||19–0||Orlando Salido||UD||12||11 Sep 2010||Pearl Concert Theater, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won WBA (Unified) and vacant IBF featherweight titles|
|18||Win||18–0||Jonathan Victor Barros||UD||12||27 Mar 2010||Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany||Retained WBA (Regular) featherweight title|
|17||Win||17–0||Rogers Mtagwa||KO||2 (12), 2:35||23 Jan 2010||The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained WBA (Regular) featherweight title|
|16||Win||16–0||Whyber Garcia||TKO||4 (12), 0:58||10 Oct 2009||The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained WBA (Regular) featherweight title|
|15||Win||15–0||Jose Rojas||TKO||10 (12), 1:31||17 Apr 2009||Star of the Desert Arena, Primm, Nevada, U.S.||Won vacant WBA interim featherweight title|
|14||Win||14–0||Walter Estrada||KO||1 (8), 0:35||20 Feb 2009||Don Taft University Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.|
|13||Win||13–0||Roger Gonzalez||TKO||10 (10), 2:12||9 Jan 2009||Star of the Desert Arena, Primm, Nevada, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||Marcos Ramirez||KO||2 (10), 1:41||4 Oct 2008||Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Al Seeger||TKO||2 (10), 2:30||18 Jul 2008||Star of the Desert Arena, Primm, Nevada, U.S.||Won vacant WBO–NABO featherweight title|
|10||Win||10–0||Darling Jimenez||UD||10||17 May 2008||Star of the Desert Arena, Primm, Nevada, U.S.||Won vacant WBC International super featherweight title|
|9||Win||9–0||Johnnie Edwards||TKO||1 (10), 1:34||22 Feb 2008||Xtreme Action Park, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.||Won vacant NABF super featherweight title|
|8||Win||8–0||Gilberto Luque||TKO||1 (8), 1:54||5 Jan 2008||Bally's, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Adailton de Jesus||TKO||6 (6), 0:35||30 Oct 2007||Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Samuel Kebede||TKO||2 (6), 2:11||19 Oct 2007||Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany|
|5||Win||5–0||Nestor Hugo Paniagua||KO||1 (6), 1:05||21 Sep 2007||Hansehalle, Lübeck, Germany|
|4||Win||4–0||Thomas Hengstberger||TKO||1 (4), 1:04||2 Sep 2007||Universal Hall, Berlin, Germany|
|3||Win||3–0||Joel Mayo||TKO||2 (4), 0:35||6 Jul 2007||Arena Gym, Hamburg, Germany|
|2||Win||2–0||Araik Sachbazjan||RTD||3 (6), 3:00||16 Jun 2007||Atatürk Sport Hall, Ankara, Turkey|
|1||Win||1–0||Alexan Manvelyan||UD||4||27 Apr 2007||Arena Gym, Hamburg, Germany|
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|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byAgnaldo Nunes
| NABF super featherweight champion
22 February 2008 – May 2008
Title next held byUrbano Antillon
Title last held byManny Pacquiao
| WBC International
super featherweight champion
17 May 2008 – July 2008
Title next held byRoy Mukhlis
Title last held byRafael Valenzuela
18 July 2008 – October 2008
Title next held byCornelius Lock
|World boxing titles|
Title last held byChris John
| WBA featherweight champion
17 April 2009 – June 2009
Title next held byJavier Fortuna
| WBA featherweight champion
June 2009 – 11 September 2010
Title next held byJonathan Victor Barros
Title last held byChris John
as champion in recess
| WBA featherweight champion
11 September 2010 – 11 June 2011
Unified title until 26 March 2011
Title next held byChris John
reinstated as Super champion
Title last held byOrlando Salido
| IBF featherweight champion
11 September 2010 – 26 March 2011
Title next held byBilly Dib
Title last held byBryan Vázquez
| WBA super featherweight champion
8 December 2012 – June 2013
Title next held byBryan Vázquez
Title last held byRobert Guerrero
| WBA lightweight champion
8 June 2013 – June 2014
Title next held byDarleys Pérez