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Yuriorkis Gamboa Barely Defeats Alexis Reyes in Cancun

By Miguel Rivera

Former world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (27-2, 17 KOs) was lucky to walk away with a win, when he boxed his way to razor thin ten round majority decision over Alexis Reyes (15-3-1, 7 KOs) in a lightweight contest from the Grand Oasis Hotel in Cancun, Mexico.

The scores were 95-94, 95-94 and 94-94.

Reyes, who was much taller, was coming off a split decision loss to undefeated Alejandro Zuniga. The event was promoted by Pepe Gomez of Cancun Boxing of Pepe Gómez and televised to millions of homes through Televisa Deportes.

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Back in May,Gamboa was upset by tough Mexican super featherweight contender Robinson Castellanos, who dropped Gamboa in the third and fourth rounds before the contest was stopped in the seventh.

The other defeat on Gamboa's ledger came at the hands of current junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford.

Gamboa fought in Mexico back in 2014, also in Cancun, where he knocked out Joel Montes de Oca in six rounds.

Since that appearance in Mexico, his activity has been poor. He didn't fight against until a year later, in December 2015, and then had no fights until March of 2017 - around the time that he signed a promotional deal with Golden Boy Promotions. He was previously promoted by Top Rank and also by Ahmet Oner of Arena Box.

Golden Boy had already put the wheels in a motion for a future fight between Gamboa and WBO champion Vasyl Lomachenko - but all of that went out the window when Castellanos pulled off the upset TKO victory.

Gamboa, a gold medalist in the 2004 Athens Olympics, is a former WBA and IBF featherweight world champion.

Gamboa has faced such boxers as Orlando Salido, Jonathan Víctor Barros, Jorge 'Coloradito' Solís, Daniel Ponce de León, Crawford, René Alvarado and Castellanos - but he appears to be on the decline due to inactivity and bad training habits.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DannYankee on 08-13-2017

[QUOTE=CubanGuyNYC;17945516]Yeah, bro. Gamboa was always a space cadet, but he had ridiculous talent. Now that the ability is gone, he's just a space cadet. I was texting with a Cuban friend of mine a few minutes ago, talking about Gamboa.…

Comment by Majic on 08-13-2017

Hang em up man

Comment by BigZ44 on 08-13-2017

Well, if there was any down that Gamboa was done, there shouldn't be now. He just needs to fight Juan Ma in a last hurrah and then both can retire

Comment by HarvardBlue on 08-13-2017

Gamboa wasted his talent. Even when he was really good you could see his lack of motivation and focus. To be honest it seems like him and JuanMa are cut from the same cloth. Immense talent but severe lack of…

Comment by MulaKO on 08-13-2017

Gamboa was a wasted talent for all kinds of reasons Between personal and professional problems he never went anywhere But I do recall that imo he looked like something very very special I thought he was going to be huge…

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