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Yuriorkis Gamboa: I'm Looking Forward To Winning Another World Title

Yuriorkis Gamboa looked headed to supestardom.

After a standout amateur career that saw him win a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, Gamboa turned pro in 2007. Two year later, he would win the first of his four world titles. Known as the Guantanamo Cyclone, Gamboa set forth a path of destruction whose victims included world champions like Jonathan Victor Barros, Orlando Salido, Jorge Solis, Daniel Ponce De Leon and Darleys Perez. But after going unbeaten for 23 fights, Gamboa ran into Terence Crawford in 2014 and suffered his first pro defeat. Since then, Gamboa's missed a lot of ring time with cancelled bouts and a contract dispute. In two and a half years since the Crawford debacle, Gamboa's just fought twice and against unknown opposition. He hasn't fought in a year and is now 35 years old. But if you think Gamboa would just ride quietly in the sunset, you are wrong.

Last January, Gamboa signed with Golden Boy Promotions in the hopes of reviving his once glorious career. With father time no longer on his side, Gamboa is hoping to make up for lost ground with a busy 2017. That 2017 starts on Saturday when he faces veteran Rene Alvarado in the undercard of Lemieux vs Stevens in Verona, New York.

Said Gamboa in a press statment:

"I am looking forward to winning yet another world title, and I know Golden Boy Promotions is the perfect place to help guide me. 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."

Gamboa's looked great in training as he's posted in his social media accounts:


But training is one thing and getting inside the ring is another. And Gamboa has spent most of the last two and a half years fighting other issues rather than opponents. 

Without doubt, Yuriorkis Gamboa was one of the best pound for pound fighters during his prime. But with his inactivity, it remains to be seen what force of destruction is left in the Guantanamo Cyclone. When in form, Gamboa was one of the best fighters in the planet. But at age 35 and with ring rust certainly an issue, can he regain his old form? That question will be answered on Saturday March 11th.