Golden Boy Promotions, in association with ZR Entertainment, announced a multi-fight deal with former three-division title holder and Olympic Gold medalist Yuriokis Gamboa (25-1, 17 KOs). The Cuban standout [has fought only once since 2014]. Gamboa will come out of the gate on March 11th when he squares off with Nicaragua’s Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (24-7, 16 KOs) as chief support for on HBO’s Boxing After Dark that will b headlined by David Lemieux against Curtis Stevens at Verona, New York’s Turning Stone Resort Casino. Alvarado is coming off a gfood win, a split decision over Jayson Velez in July.
“I am looking forward to winning yet another world title, and I know Golden Boy Promotions is the perfect place to help guide me,” Gamboa said. “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 has been a force in multiple divisions for many years, defeating big names along the way including Orlando “Siri” Salido, Daniel Ponce De León, Jorge “Coloradito” Solís, Darleys Pérez and Jonathan “Yoni” Victor Barros.
“When he is on his game, there are few better than Gamboa in the 126, 130, or 135 weight classes,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Golden Boy Promotions CEO and Chairman. “We are going to get him in the ring in a quality match as soon as possible, and then work with him to start his path back to championship glory.”
Gamboa’s accomplishments in both the amateur and professional ranks are numerous, but a select list includes:
Former WBA and IBF Featherweight Champion
Former Interim WBA Super Featherweight titlist
Former Interim WBA Lightweight titlist
2004 Olympic gold medalist in the flyweight division.
2006 World Cup gold medalist in the featherweight division
2003 Pan American games gold medalist in the flyweight division