Yuriorkis Gamboa Toledano is a Cuban professional boxer. He is a former unified featherweight world champion. He also held the WBA and IBF titles between 2009 and 2011. He won a gold medal in the flyweight division at the 2004 Olympics, and bronze at the 2005 World Championships.
About Yuriorkis Gamboa in brief
Yuriorkis Gamboa Toledano is a Cuban professional boxer. He is a former unified featherweight world champion. He also held the WBA and IBF titles between 2009 and 2011. As an amateur he won a gold medal in the flyweight division at the 2004 Olympics, and bronze at the 2005 World Championships. Before defecting, he had sold his Olympic gold medal to support his family. Gamboa made his professional boxing debut on 27 April 2007, in Hamburg, Germany against Alexan Manvelyan. After winning his first four fights in Germany, he made his United States debut on 30 October 2007, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, against Adailton De Jesus. On 18 July 2008, stepping down to featherweight, Gamboa scored a first-round technical knockout victory over Al Seeger to win the vacant WBO-NABO featherweight title at Buffalo Bill’s Star Arena. On February 20, 2009, Walter Estrada fought Gamboa at the University University Center in Miami. The referee halted the one-sided bout with 48 seconds remaining after Gamboa sustained a barrage of punches to the head to the back of the head.
The fight led 89–82 on one judge’s scorecard and 89–83 on the other judges’ scorecard on two judges’ cards through nine rounds. The bout was Gamboa’s first appearance on American television. He made his American television debut against Johnnie Edwards on 22 February 2008, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He knocked Edwards down in the first 30 seconds of the fight after connecting with a left hand to his head. On 17 May 2008, he fought Darling Jimenez in Nevada, winning by unanimous decision and claiming the vacant WBC International super featherweighttitle. On 5 October 2008, Gamoba won the vacant WBC-NABF super featherweights title. He fought Marcos Ramirez, a Kansas City featherweight in Temecula, California, on 5 November 2008. Gamoba exhibited amazing hand speed and quick combination punching in thefirst round before he was dropped by Ramirez. He then picked up where he left off and knocked Ramirez down with a fast right uppercut, followed by another combination, landing a left hook to the jaw to the body, followed by a right hand to the mouth.