How will we remember Yuriorkis Gamboa? Will he be remembered as a great amateur fighter who’s victories lead to a Gold medal in 2006?
Will he be remembered for the way he would jump on an opponent smothering them with punches, quick combinations and early knockdowns that earned him the nickname El Cicion de Guantànamo (The Cyclone from Guantànamo)?
Will be he remembered for his hand speed, reflexes and athleticism? Or will he remembered for been the first Cuban fighter to ever hold the IBF title?
Maybe he will even be remembered as a WBA and IBF unified champion.
Some may remember him as having promoter issues – changing multiple promoters and trainers, from hearing his name getting mentioned to fight guys like Mikey Garcia & Juan Manuel Lopez that never materialized.
But today after suffering defeat and not wanting to come out from the corner at the age of 35 his career will forever be ‘What if?’.
What if he would have gotten those big fights or didn’t have promoter issues resulting in long layoffs filled with inactivity.
Yuriorkis Gamboa had an innate ability of been able to rely on his speed and athleticism instead of skill and technique at times.
Once father time finally caught up to him though we saw the light at the end of the tunnel in career dim.
Sitting in his corner, he realized it just wasn’t there anymore in a sport that hardly ever has the story book ending.
The agony of a fallen warrior gave in to reality and decided to possibly end his career on the stool against Robinson Castellanos.
Surrounded by friends and family, another fallen warrior who gave us his all if this was the final time we see Yuriorkis Gamboa in a professional boxing ring.
If that is the case, hats off to him on an excellent career overall.