Yuriorkis Gamboa to return in July?
He's not finished yet...
Approaching 40 and having decisively dropped his last two bouts, Yuriorkis Gamboa forges on.
Sources suggest Gamboa will face current WBA interim super featherweight world champion Chris Colbert in July.
Who is Colbert?
Well, he boasts a 103-3 amateur record and was a 2016 Olympic Games prospect. He qualified for the U.S. Olympic trials after capturing the gold medal at the National Championships in January 2015 but said that '"too much politics in this game" persuaded him to turn pro instead.
Although the talkative 24 year Colbert hasn't faced anyone of note yet, he's fought 6 times since Jan 2019 so we can expect him to be sharp.
Back to Gamboa...
A gold medal winner at the 2004 Summer Games and once the hottest prospect in boxing, Yuriorkis Gamboa's career was partially derailed by inactivity due to promotional disputes.
Gamboa's Last 6 fights
Lost UD 12 Devin Haney
Nov 7, 2020
Lost TKO 12 Gervonta Davis
Dec 28. 2019
Won KO 2 Roman Martinez
Jul 27, 2019
Won UD 10 Miguel Beltran Jr
Nov 10 2018
Won MD 10 Jason Sosa
Nov 25, 2017
Lost TKO 7 Robinson Castellanos
May 5, 2017
As a result, Gamboa was on the shelf during most of his prime years. For instance, he fought just once in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2018, and didn't step in the ring at all in 2016.
Remember when he aligned with 50 Cent whose promotion company didn't go anywhere? And remember when fans wanted to see a seemingly prime Gamboa face Mikey Garcia in fight that never happened?
Today, the Cuban native is no longer an elite threat at jr lightweight or lightweight and appears to be adopting the role of elevated gatekeeper.
And why not?
At 39, he's had only 34 pro fights so he's not necessarily an old 39 even though he's past his prime.
Can Gamboa win a major world title again? If not, what do you think about his role as a gatekeeper for emerging talent?