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Yuriorkis Gamboa
Yuriorkis Gamboa
Gamboa (center) in 2011
Real name Yuriorkis Gamboa Toledano
Nickname(s) El Ciclon de Guantánamo
(“The Cyclone from Guantánamo”)
  • Featherweight
  • Super featherweight
  • Lightweight
Height 5 ft 5 1⁄2 in (166 cm)
Reach 65 in (165 cm)
Citizenship Cuban
Birthday/Birthplace (1981-12-23) December 23, 1981
Guantánamo, Cuba
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 30
Wins 28
Wins by KO 17
Losses 2

Medal record

Men’s amateur boxing
Representing  Cuba
Olympic Games
2004 Athens Flyweight
World Championships
2005 Mianyang Featherweight
Pan American Games
2003 Santo Domingo Flyweight
Central American and Caribbean Games
2006 Cartagena Featherweight
World Cup
2005 Moscow Featherweight

Yuriorkis Gamboa Toledano (Guantánamo, Cuba, December 23, 1981) is a Cuban professional boxer who, as an amateur boxer, won the Olympic gold medal in the flyweight division at the Olympic Games of Athens 2004. He is also the featherweight champion of the World Boxing Association. Younger brother is also a professional boxer, Yoelvis Gamboa.

Yuriorkis Gamboa’s Biography


  • Four times national champion of Cuba.
  • Gold medal at the 2003 Pan American Games.
  • Gold medal at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
  • Bronze medal at the 2005 World Boxing Championships.
  • Bronze medal in the Games of Central America and the Caribbean in 2006.
  • 2006 World cup champion.

Athens 2004 Olympic Games results:

  • Round of 32 – Defeat Igor Samoilenco of Moldova – PTS (46-33)
  • Round of 16 – Defeat Jongjohor Somjit of Thailand – PTS (26-21)
  • Quarterfinals – Defeat Georgy Balakshin of Russia – PTS (26-18)
  • Semifinals – Defeat Rahimov Rustamhodza of Germany – PTS (20-11)
  • Gold Medal – Defeat Jérôme Thomas of France – PTS (38-23)


While training in Venezuela, Gamboa, together with his Cuban colleagues Odlanier Solis and Yan Barthelemy escaped from the camp and found his way to Colombia and, finally, to Germany, where they applied for visas to enter the United States. Before defecting, he confessed that he had sold his Olympic gold medal to support his family.

Professional career

Gamboa made his professional boxing debut on April 27, 2007, in Hamburg, Germany against Alexander Manvelyan. Gamboa put Manvelyan on the canvas in the third round and beat his enemy through the fight for victory by unanimous decision. Two months later, he defeated Araik Sachbazjan by technical knockout in the fourth round. After winning his next four fights, Gamboa made his US debut on October 30, 2007, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida against Adailton De Jesus. Already in the middle of the first round, De Jesus fell after a single and accurate cross in Gamboa. A sheet of Gamboa in the fourth round was discarded a fall by the referee. Gamboa’s incessant pressure forced a stop in the sixth and final round.

Gamboa fought Gilberto Luque on January 5, 2008, at the Hotel & amp; Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Gamboa sent his opponent to the canvas less than 30 seconds in the first round with his left hand. After two more falls the referee stopped the fight. On February 22, 2008 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he made his American television debut against Johnnie Edwards. Gamboa knocked out Edwards in the first 30 seconds of the fight after connecting with his left hand to the head. Edwards got up, but was met with punches from the left of Gamboa that ends with two consecutive hands right that knocked Edwards out of commission for the second and last time the referee moved and stopped the fight in the first round and won the vacant super featherweight title of the NABF.

On May 17, 2008, at the Buffalo Bill Star Arena in Primm, Nevada, Gamboa fought Darling Jiménez. Gamboa started well in the first three rounds of the fight, swarming Jiménez and hitting him with punches again and again. Gamboa looked nervous in the fourth round and began to show signs of fatigue. He got up carelessly and was knocked down by a right hand behind Jiménez’s ear. Gamboa got up and finished the fight strong, winning by unanimous decision and claiming the vacant title of the WBC International Super featherweight title. After the fight, the promoter of Gamboa, Ahmet Öner fired his trainer Osmiri Fernández, replacing him with Ismeal Salas.

On July 18, 2008, going down to featherweight, Gamboa earned a technical knockout victory in the first round over Al Seeger to win the vacant WBO featherweight title of the NABO title in a fight that took place in the Buffalo Bill’s Star Arena in Primm, Nevada. A left hook to the body created a right hand that landed on Seeger’s face, which caused him to collapse backwards planes onto the canvas. The referee passed over Seeger, without taking the trouble to count, officially stop the fight.

On October 5, 2008, Gamboa stepped into the class once again, and fought Marcos Ramirez, a Kansas City featherweight enjoying an unbeaten 25-0 record in Temecula, California. Gamboa exhibited incredible hand speed and quick combination punches in the first round before he was abandoned so it was revealed as a nudge on the chin by Ramirez. Gamboa quickly stood up and the fight resumed until the bell rang to indicate the end of the round. In the second round, Gamboa took where he left it and called Ramírez down with a quick right uppercut, followed by another combination. Ramirez let the referee administer the eight count before getting on his feet. Gamboa then ended the fight by pressing Ramírez on the ropes and landing a left hook to the body, followed by a right uppercut to the jaw. The referee stopped the fight, although it seemed that his account was too fast and Ramirez was back on his feet by the count of ten. With the record of victories Gamboa improved to 12-0 (10 KOs).

Next Gamboa fight was held at the Buffalo Bill Star Arena in Primm, Nevada, on January 9, 2009 against Roger Gonzalez. Gamboa use quick combinations from the start of the third round of relentless attacking Gonzalez. Gamboa began his assault after going down during the second round, after absorbing the right hand disguised by Gonzalez. [Original research?] The referee stopped the one-sided fight with 48 seconds left after Gonzalez suffered a barrage of blows to the head. Gamboa took 89-82 the scorecard of a judge and 89-83 on the cards of the other two judges through nine rounds.

On February 20, 2009, Gamboa fought Walter Estrada at the Center of the University of Nova Southeastern University. Gamboa knocked Estrada with a left hook to the body followed by a right hand to the face 25 seconds into the fight. On April 17, 2009 Gamboa stopped Jose Rojas by technical knockout in 10 rounds to win the interim featherweight title WBA. On October 10, 2009 Gamboa stopped Whyber Garcia in the fourth round to win the WBA featherweight title.

On January 23, 2010, at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, WBA “regular” featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (17-0, 15 KOs) destroyed Rogers Mtagwa (26-14- 2, 18KOs) in two rounds. Gamboa had a round of dominating first. The various Mtagwa times buzzed at him from various angles and he scored a drop of the last ten seconds with a sales hook. He continued the damage in the second round, Mtagwa maltreatment and sending him twice more before the fight was stopped.

On March 27, 2010 in Hamburg, Germany Gamboa dominates Argentine boxer Jonathan Víctor Barros in twelve rounds to retain the WBA featherweight title with a unanimous decision.

Against Salido

On September 11, 2010, Gamboa fought against Orlando Salido to unify the WBA and IBF featherweight titles, winning by unanimous decision, giving the eleventh defeat to Salido. In the eighth round, Salido had put Gamboa on the canvas with a lightning cross right. In the penultimate, a head opened a cut on the forehead of Salido and for the last Salido he touched the floor with his glove after a blow from Gamboa. Seconds later, Gamboa returned to attack Salido but was deducted two points for hitting the back of the head of Salido, who ended up on the canvas until he recovered from that attack in a fall where repeated rabbit bursts there was official account of referee Joe Cortés. With this victory, Gamboa became the first Cuban boxer to celebrate the IBF world title since the creation of the organization.

Against Jorge Solís

After defeating Mexican Orlando Salido, he left the FIB belt and sought a new defense of his WBA Super Champion title against Mexican Jorge “Coloradito” Solis (41-2-2) on March 26. 2011 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. The title of the IBF was again put into play in the match. The fight had a total domination of the Cuban, who sent Solís to the canvas 2 times in the second round, one in the third and another 2 times in the fourth, which caused referee David Shields to stop the fight.

VS Ponce de León

On September 10, 2011 he would make a new defense of his world title pen, again before a Mexican, Daniel Ponce de León (41-3) at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. It was a close fight with a Gamboa who was not comfortable against a Ponce de León who defended himself very well during the fight, although the Cuban was the one who took the initiative and landed the best shots. De Leon entered and beat Gamboa’s body, although it moved and connected straight to the face of the Mexican. In the eighth round an exchange of blows caused Gamboa and Leon to clash heads, which opened a deep cut in the face of the Aztec warrior. The doctors ruled that the cut was too deep to continue the fight and the result went to the cards of the judges who gave a double 80-72 and 79-73 giving the victory by technical decision to still champion Yuriorkis Gamboa. p>

Yuriorkis Gamboa Net Worth – $2 Million

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