The cuban boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa was involved in a traffic accident in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba on December 31. The result was a deceased person, according to various media reports outside the island.
The champion of Olympic Games Athens 2004, who has made his career as a professional in the United States, would have run over a person on a stretch of road “with zero lighting”, according to report published by the newspaper The New Herald.
Gamboa was in Santiago on his way to Guantánamo when the accident that caused his death occurred. The same occurred in the Songo La Maya tunnel. Witnesses claim the following: pic.twitter.com/daaM6CE9fE
– BoxeoCubano (@boxeocubanocom) January 3, 2023
A source cited by the outlet published in South Florida assured that at the time of the accident the so-called Guantánamo Cyclone was not under the influence of alcohol or any other illegal substance, and that he already had legal advice to face his case. before the prosecutor’s office of the territory where the event occurred.
Gamboa, 41 years old and winner of several world belts as a professional, lives in the United States; But, for some time now, he has been spending long periods of time in his native Guantanamo, where part of his family lives. So far no official media has reported the event.
The fiery fighter had been away from the ring for months, since last April he faced the Mexican Isaac pitbull Cruz in a fight that he presented very far from the level that led him to reap the greatest successes in his stage as an amateur and later made him shine in the paid boxing circuits.
That day, the man from Guantanamo was struck down in just five rounds of a duel agreed to 10 in the lightweight division, held in Arlintong, Texas. It represented the third straight loss for him.
After his Olympic coronation in the Greek capital, Gamboa decided to change course and settled in Germany along with other Cuban champions such as light flyweight Yan Berthelemy and super heavyweight Odlanier Solís.
His professional boxing debut occurred on April 27, 2007, in the German city of Hamburg, against the Armenian Alexander Manvelyan, whom he put on the canvas in the third round, although in the end he won by unanimous decision.
Then he exhibited the featherweight crown of the World Boxing Association (WBA), between June 2009 and June 2011, and of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) from September 2010 to March 2011, refers a note from the as.com website.
After his lawsuit with Cruz, his service record was left with a balance of 30 victories -18 of them by KO- and five defeats.
It is very likely that his age, the most recent performances, and the legal problems that he would face as a result of the recent accident would put an end to his career on the ring.