By Elisinio Castillo
It appears that former world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa and Golden Boy Promotions have parted ways.
Gamboa's release was leaked to the Cuban press, but Golden Boy confirmed that Cuban wanted his release and his request was granted.
The 36 year old Gamboa (28-2, 17 KOs), who also won an Olympic gold medal, signed on with Golden Boy in January of 2017.
He made his Golden Boy debut in March against Rene Alvarado. He went down in the tenth round and fought his way to lackluster ten round unanimous decision win at the Turning Stone Casino in Las Vegas.
Golden Boy was attempting to get him in the ring with Vasyl Lomachenko in the summer, but those plans went up in smoke when Gamboa was shockingly stopped by Robinson Castellanos on May 5th at the MGM grand in Las Vegas.
After controlling the early rounds, Gamboa was dropped in the third and again in the fourth, and then stopped within seven after the Cuban was unwilling to fight any further.
He came back in a stay busy fight in Mexico in August, and his performance wasn't exactly spectacular in winning a ten round majority decision over Alexis Reyes at the Oasis Arena in Cancun.
Gamboa was then presented with an open door to get back on HBO, after Golden Boy offered him a fight with Jason Sosa in November at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Gamboa was a late replacement for Castellanos, who withdrew with injury.
After going down in the seventh round, and losing a point in round ten, Gamboa still won a ten round majority decision - although many at ringside felt Sosa had done enough to win.
Gamboa is no stranger to breaking ties with promoters and with trainers. In recent years he parted ways with Top Rank, Arena Boxing and SMS Promotions.
His most recent trainer was Cuban coach Pedro Roque, who worked with Gamboa for the contest with Sosa.