Yuriorkis Gamboa lost by 9th round TKO challenging Terence "Bud" Crawford (24-0-0, 17 KOs) for his WBO lightweight title on HBO on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Gamboa was hitting Crawford cleanly for the first three rounds moving in and out with no apparent ring rust. But Gamboa ended up going down four times during the fight. When he first got dropped in the 5th round Gamboa was hit with a right hook to the head which wobbled his legs then Crawford sent him to the canvas with a left hook to the back of the head. Gamboa got right back up and went for Crawford landing a left and right. The two fighters continue to trade was rounds went on. Then Gamboa went down on his right knee in the 8th round but again got right back up. Gamboa continued to come forward hurting Crawford in round nine. Then Gamboa got wobbled by a combination of punches and visited the canvas for a third time. Hurt, Gamboa went to the canvas moments later for the fourth and final time as the referee waved off the fight. Gamboa felt that it was an early stoppage but after the fight said We were two warriors in the ring trying to get the victory and he won.
Gamboa tried. He gave it his all, but it was the little guy against the big guy. Gamboa is only 5'5" with a 65" reach whereas Crawford is 5'8" with a 70" reach. That worked against Gamboa and it was only Gamboa's the second fight at 135 pounds and he had not fought in over a year. Gamboa was Crawford for his WBO lightweight title.
Gamboa vs TBA
Yuriorkis "The Cyclone of Guantanamo/El Ciclon de Guantanamo" Gamboa
Yuriorkis Gamboa, 2004 Olympic gold medalist from Cuba defected along with teammates Odlanier Solis and Yan Barthelemy to Columbia in December 2006 while training with the Cuban national boxing team in Venezuela for the Pan American Games. The three signed with Ahmet Oner of Arena Box Promotion. Gamboa made his pro debut on April 27, 2007 at the Arena Gym in Hamburg, Germany beating Alexan Manvelyan by 4-round unanimous decision.
Gamboa vs De Jesus
Yuriorkis Gamboa made his US debut on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida where he beat Brazilian Adailton De Jesus (19-3-0, 17 KOs) by 6th round TKO.
Gamboa vs Edwards
Yuriorkis Gamboa defeated Johnnie Edwards (13-2-1, 7 KOs) at 1:34 of round one by TKO on Friday, February 22, 2008 at Xtreme Indoor Karting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on ESPN Friday Night Fights. It was Gamboa's US TV debut. Gamboa also won the vacant NABF super featherweight title in the bout.
Gamboa vs Jimenez
Yuriorkis Gamboa defeated Bronx Darling Jimenez (23-2-2, 14 KOs) by 10-round unanimous decision on Saturday, May 17, 2008 at Buffalo Bill's Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada. The judges score cards read 97-92, 97-92 and 99-91 all for Gamboa. In addition to his win Gamboa picked up the vacant WBC International super featherweight title in the bout.
Gamboa's hand speed is amazing. He is able to throw rapid combinations non-stop for up to 30 seconds. He moves well and has good ring generalship. Gamboa's only fault is that he holds his hands too low and showboats. Jimenez caught Gamboa with a right hand and downed him in round four and buzzed him in round eight with another. Gamboa's trainer Osmiri Fernandez was fired after the bout.
Gamboa vs Seeger
Yuriorkis Gamboa defeated Al Seeger (27-4-0, 21 KOs) by first round knockout on Friday, July 18, 2008 at Buffalo Bill's Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada. Gamboa caught Seeger with a big right hand that twisted Seeger's head about 180 degrees and flattened him at 2:30 of round one. Referee Robert Byrd waved off the fight without even counting. This is the third fight in a row that Seeger has lost by knockout. With legendary Cuban trainer Ismeal Salas now in Gamboa's corner there was no snowboating tonight just good effective punching.
Gamboa vs Ramirez
Yuriorkis Gamboa defeated Marcos Ramirez (25-1-0, 16 KOs) of Kansas City by 2nd round KO on Saturday, October 4, 2008 at the Pechanga Entertainment Center in Temecula, California. Making a quick night of it in the headline fight on HBO Boxing After Dark's thetripleheader card Gamboa scored a knockout at 1:41 of round two. In round one Gamboa visited the canvas from a counter left punch and an elbow to the chin. In round two Ramirez was down twice. First from a right uppercut then from a barrage of punches as Gamboa quickly went for the kill resulting in Ramirez being quickly counted out.
Gamboa vs Gonzalez
Yuriorkis Gamboa successfully defended his WBO NABO featherweight title beating former bantamweight champion Roger "Speedy" Gonzalez (27-3-0, 18 KOs) by 10th round TKO on Friday, January 9, 2009 at Buffalo Bill's Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada. The card dubbed "Freedom Fighters" aka "Cubra Libre" was first fight of ESPN2 Friday Night Fights 2009 season. Gamboa suffered a flash knockdown in round two but got up immediately and continued to offensively dominate the fight. Referee Robert Byrd stopped the fight at 2:12 of round ten with Gonzalez getting hit repeatedly in the head from Gamboa's heavy handed rapid fire combinations.
Gamboa vs Estrada
Yuriorkis Gamboa defeated southpaw Walter Estrada (35-9-0, 24 KOs) from Barranquilla, Colombia by 1st round KO on Friday, February 20, 2009 at the University Center Arena in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on ESPN Friday Night Fights. It took just 35 seconds for Gamboa to send Estrada to the canvas for the ten count.
Gamboa vs Rojas
Yuriorkis Gamboa defeated Jose Rojas (25-7-1, 17 KOs) from Caracas, Venezuelas by 10th round TKO in a WBA featherweight title fight on Friday, April 17, 2009 on the Boxing At the Border fight card at Buffalo Bill's Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada. Fighting in the ShowBox main event Gamboa boxed more than previous bouts using his speed to control the fight. Gamboa scored a knockdown of Rojas in round five before referee Russell Mora had seen enough of the one sided bout stopping it at 1:31 of round ten. In addition to his victory Gamboa took home the interim WBA World Featherweight Title.
Gamboa vs Garcia
Yuriorkis Gamboa retained his WBA featherweight title beating Panamanian Whyber Garcia (22-6-0, 15 KOs) by 4th round TKO on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Gamboa hit Garcia with a left hook sending him face first on to the canvas. Garcia beat the count but Gamboa got Garcia up against the ropes and battered him until referee Steve Smoger waved off the fight. The fight card dubbed Latin Fury 12 promoted by Bob Arum of Top Rank, Ahmet Oener of Arena Box-Promotion and Ivan Rivera of Puerto Rico Best Boxing also featured Juan Manuel "Juanma" Lopez vs Rogers Mtagwa.
Gamboa vs Mtagwa
Yuriorkis Gamboa defeated Tanzanian Rogers Mtagwa (26-14-2, 18 KOs) by 2th round KO on Saturday, January 23, 2010 at the WaMu Theater At Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. Referee Steve Smoger stopped the bout at 2:35 of the 2th round after Mtagwa had been down twice in round two and once in the final seconds of round one. Gamboa retained his WBA featherweight title with his victory over Mtagwa. Gamboa vs Mtagwa co-headlined the HBO Boxing After Dark fight card promoted by Bob Arum of Top Rank.
Gamboa vs Barros
Yuriorkis Gamboa defeated previously undefeated Argentinian Jonathan Victor Barros (29-1-1, 16 KOs) by 11-round unanimous decision on Saturday March 27, 2010 at the Sporthalle, Alsterdorf in Hamburg, Germany. Barros was down in round eight. Scores were 118-109, 118-109 and 116-111. It was Gamboa's third successful defense of his WBA featherweight title.
Gamboa vs Salido
Yuriorkis Gamboa unified titles defeating Mexican Orlando Salido (34-11-2, KOs 22) by 12-round unanimous decision in an IBF and WBA featherweight title fight on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada. Scores were 116-109, 114-109, 115-109. In addition to his victory Gamboa successfully defended his WBA Super World featherweight title and won the vacant IBF featherweight title (Salido lost his IBF title on the scales for coming in more than 10 pounds over the weight limit before the fight). Gamboa suffered a flash knockdown in round eight. In round twelve Gamboa knocked down Salido twice but lost 2 points for hitting him when he was down on the canvas. It wasn't the most exciting fight to watch because Gamboa wasn't as wild as usual but he was in with a very good opponent.
Gamboa vs Solis
Yuriorkis Gamboa, in an impressive performance defeated Mexican Jorge "Coloradito" Solis (40-3-2, 29 KOs) by TKO at 1:31 of round four in a featherweight title fight on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Gamboa was faster and stronger than Solis dropping him five time in four rounds. Twice in round two, once in round three and two times in round four. The end came with Gamboa overwhelming Solis with a barrage of punches prompting the referee to step in and stop the fight. Post fight Solis, who fought and lost to Manny Pacquiao by KO in April 2007 said that Gamboa punches harder than Pacquiao. In addition to his victory Gamboa successfully defended his WBA super world featherweight title. Gamboa failed to appear for the mandatory day of the fight weighin so the vacant IBF featherweight title was only on the line for Solis.
Gamboa vs Ponce De Leon
Gamboa defeated Daniel Ponce De Leon (41-4-0, 34 KOs) by 8th round technical decision in a scheduled 12-round featherweight fight in the main event on HBO on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Ponce De Leon suffered a deep cut on his forehead above his left eye due to an accidental headbutt. On the advice of the ring doctor the referee stopped the fight. It went to the score cards. Scores at the time of stoppage were 80-72, 80-72 and 79-73. Gamboa outgunned Ponce De Leon with skills and speed pitching a virtual shutout. It wasn't a sensational performance for Gamboa but he looked good when he wanted to fight.
Gamboa vs Perez
Yuriorkis Gamboa defeated Darleys Perez (28-1-0, 19 KOs) by 12-round unanimous decision in an interim WBA World lightweight title fight on the undercard of Chad Dawson vs Adonis Stevenson on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Scores were 116-111, 116-111 and 115-112. Gamboa scored a flash knockdown of Perez in round one. Gamboa was down in round eleven but the referee ruled it a slip. It was a lack luster win for Gamboa who did enough to win against an opponent that just wasn't quick enough to mount much of a defense. With this win Gamboa is in line for a title shot against current WBA World lightweight champion Richard Abril.