By Elisinio Castillo
Former world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (25-1, 17 KOs) simply can not catch a break.
Gamboa was scheduled to return later today as part of the undercard to a big event in Réunion Island, which is a French department in the Indian Ocean. The card is headlined by Alfonso Blanco defending his WBA interim-middleweight belt against hometown hero Hassan N'Dam.
Gamboa, who's been inactive since defeating Hylon Williams a year ago,' was scheduled to fight South African Malcom Klassen (33-6-2, 17 KO's) - but now that fight is off in a sudden twist.
Everything with the contest was going forward according to plan, but then earlier today Klassen was arrested.
According to multiple reports, police raided Klassen's hotel room and the found the fighter, his trainer, and a nurse - with illegal performance enhancing drugs in their possession. Klassen and his trainer were arrested and taken into custody to face charges.
Gamboa was already facing a lot of tension this week, after his trainer Ismael Salas bailed on him - when photos were posted on social media that showed Gamboa training in France with Pedro Diaz - who happened to be there by chance as he's training N'Dam for the main event.
When Salas saw the photos, he refused to work any further with Gamboa and left the Cuban boxer hanging in the wind.
"Ismael was very annoyed with me and sent me a very strong message, barring me from entering his gym in Las Vegas and saying that it was better that I stay with Pedro," Gamboa explained.
"I don't think that's fair to me. I have been alone out here and Pedro has been helping me to make the weight. Thanks to him I have been able to prepare myself these days. What could I do? Pedro had offered me his hand from one Cuban to another Cuban.'
"I'm sure that there will be very good things coming up in 2017, but I can not say anything else for now. This incident has been very unfortunate with Salas, who like me is from Guantanamo. We should be together above anything."