Sizzling WBA featherweight champion will return to Germany for his next title defense, his promoter, Ahmet Öner, has announced. When he initially defected from Cuba, Gamboa, Odlanier Solis and Yan Barthelemy, would up in Hamburg, Germany.
Here's part of the release announcing his return:
On March 27th Ahmet Öner’s ARENA Sports-Promotion will team up with major TV station SAT.1 for the first time for a big show in Hamburg (Germany) featuring the heavyweight rematch between German prospect Steffen Kretschmann and Russian veteran Denis Bakhtov and the return of featherweight phenomenon Yuriorkis Gamboa to Hamburg where his pro career started in April 2007.
On April 27th 2007 Gamboa won his pro-debut in Hamburg against Alexan Manvelyan after defecting from Cuba with fellow team-mates Odlanier Solis and Yan Barthelemy. Three years later he is not only world champion but held to be one of the hottest fighters in the world who has been featured on HBO and defended his championship at world famous Madison Square Garden two times.
“When Gamboa will be back in Hamburg it will feel like a circle is complete”, says Öner. “I know that he has lots of friends here and is happy to return to Germany. But this will be an exception. Gamboa’s main market is in the USA now. He will be in Germany for this one fight only and then continue his great career in the big venues in the States. Maybe we bring him to Middle and South America and Asia as well. He is on his best way to become an international megastar so we will probably present him wherever people want to see him fight.”