By: Hans Themistode
Yuriokis Gamboa has seemingly settled into his position as gatekeeper. Though his mantle is full of world titles in quite a few weight lessons and a 2004 Olympic Gold medal, the Cuban native is now not a real menace in both the 130 or 135-pound division.
With Gamboa turning 40 years outdated later this 12 months and coming off the heels of two lopsided defeats, that hasn’t stopped world champions and extremely rated contenders from sliding a struggle contract throughout his desk. In accordance with quite a few reviews, each Gamboa and present WBA interim tremendous featherweight world champion Chris Colbert have agreed to phrases on a showdown that will happen someday in July.
The as soon as blazing hand velocity and concussive knockout energy Gamboa was as soon as recognized for merely isn’t there anymore. In his two most up-to-date contests, he was outmuscled and stopped in opposition to Gervonta Davis in December of 2019. Seven months later, Gamboa was completely outboxed by light-weight champion Devin Haney.
As for Colbert, the Brooklyn, New York native is contemporary off a stoppage win in opposition to Jaime Arboleda in December of 2020.
Whereas Colbert would welcome a showdown with Gamboa, the 24-year-old can be considerably dissatisfied. For the previous a number of months, the loquacious younger star has expressed a need to face a few of boxing’s premier stars similar to former a number of division champion Leo Santa Cruz.