Attention has grown on former world champion and Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa, as Cuban authorities are reluctant to release him from prison while they wait for his legal case to be resolved.
As BoxingScene.com reported a few weeks ago, Gamboa was involved in a fatal accident on Dec. 31 while driving through Santiago de Cuba en route to Guantanamo.
According to reports, Gamboa was driving on a dark road and was unable to avoid a pedestrian who allegedly walked in front of Boxer’s car. The pedestrian died of his injuries.
According to Gamboa’s manager, Jesse Rodriguez, having a witness seemed to assuage the boxer’s guilt.
“It’s kind of frustrating because what we’re dealing with makes you feel bad about the loss of human life,” Rodriguez told George Ebro.
“If he has to face the Cuban judiciary, well, he should go to court and take responsibility for what happened there, but it is fair to release him immediately so that he can await trial at home. He has to face the laws of Cuba, but willingly Boya should be free.
“If the law mandates a trial, the witnesses with the deceased have declared it was not Gamboa’s fault. Reconstruction of the facts shows it was not Gamboa’s fault. But if the law dictates that a trial must be held, let the boy go until he is in a Cuban court to spend a day of your own.”
Gamboa, who commutes frequently between Miami and Guantanamo, usually comes to the United States for training camps for big games, like his recent bouts with Devin Haney, Gwenta Davis and Isaac Cruz. .
Gamboa has lost his last three fights, including a knockout defeat to Cruz on April 16, 2022.
Now 41 years old, plus this pending legal issue, everything indicates that his boxing career has come to an end.