Former unified world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa will avoid surgery for an injured Achilles tendon that he suffered in last Saturday's TKO defeat at the hands of Gervonta Davis.
Gamboa suffered the injury in the second round, which may have happened after he was knocked down. He was dropped two more times as the contest went along, before the fight was waved off in the twelfth round at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta. The vacant WBA "regular" lightweight title was at stake.
According to reporter George Ebro, Gamboa was medically evaluated and will not require surgery to repair his existing injury.
The boxer has already begun an aggressive rehabilitation plan that could take up to three months before returning to training to continue his career at 135 pounds.
"Thank you so much to my fans who supported me for this fight against Davis. Unfortunately I tore the Achilles tendon in the second round, but I still stayed in there to fight and win the fight," stated Gamboa. "Now to recover and move on."
Gamboa had feared that surgery would be required, which at his age could prolonged any attempt to return for a far more extended period of time.
After arriving Sunday in Miami, Gamboa was transferred to Baptist Hospital where he was tested for everything, including an MRI exam on Monday to determine the extent of the injury.