Yuriorkis Gamboa: Time to Hang Up the Gloves?


    By: Julio Garcia

    Yuriorkis Gamboa  Has accomplished a lot in his 38 years of life. He has faced diversity growing up poor in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and followed his passion for boxing all the way to the Olympics where he won Olympic gold.  The glory of the Olympics did not last long though.

    Gamboa had to sell his Olympic gold medal to pay for his daughter’s birthday party and have to eventually flee his home country to make something of himself and he did.   Gamboa became a world boxing champion in multiple divisions and was at one point one of the hottest fighters in boxing.  Once he suffered his first career defeat against Terence Crawford many were quick to write him off. 

    Gamboa was able to string together a few victories after the  Crawford fight before suffering another loss.  After a few comeback fights which resulted in victories, Gamboa fought  Gervonta Davis last year and despite losing fought valiantly with a torn Achilles.  While he didn’t look completely washed up one would assume that the injury had taken its toll.

    With last night’s fight against  Devin Haney, Gamboa seemed to have nothing of his former self except for his name.  His stomach seemed engorged and he didn’t look like the normal ripped version of himself. In the ring, he lacked movement along with speed and power did not do much in the fight. It was a sad sight to see that father time had caught up with him and now seems like the perfect time to hang up the gloves.  One would hope that he at least got a good payday out of this fight so that he doesn’t have to take any more damage.