Yuriorkis 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.
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Yuriorkis "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
Gamboa beats 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 Highlights
Yuriorkis Gamboa beat 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.
On Friday, July 18, 2008 at Buffalo Bill's Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada, Yuriorkis Gamboa, beat Al Seeger (27-4-0, 21 KOs) by first round knockout. 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
It was a quick night for Gamboa who scored a knockout at 1:41 of round two.
Yuriorkis Gamboa beat formerly undefeated 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. The fight headlined the HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader card promoted by Gary Shaw. Gamboa was down from a counter left punch and an elbow to the chin in round one. Ramirez was down twice in round two before being counted out by a quick count.
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.
On Friday, February 20, 2009 at the University Center Arena in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on ESPN Friday Night Fights, Yuriorkis Gamboa beat southpaw Walter Estrada (35-9-0, 24 KOs) from Barranquilla, Colombia by 1st round KO . It took just 35 seconds for Gamboa to send Estrada to the canvas for the ten count.
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 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.
Yuriorkis Gamboa beat 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.
On Saturday March 27, 2010 at the Sporthalle, Alsterdorf in Hamburg, Germany, Yuriorkis Gamboa beat previously undefeated Argentinian Jonathan Victor Barros (29-1-1, 16 KOs) by 11-round unanimous decision. 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
Gamboa unified titles beating 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.
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.