When last in the ring, former featherweight titlist Yuriorkis Gamboa was getting dropped four times and violently knocked out in the ninth round challenging lightweight titleholder Terence Crawford in a fight of the year candidate in June.
That was Gamboa's first career defeat and now he is getting ready for a comeback in a fight not nearly as high profile as many of his bouts.
Gamboa, a Cuban defector and 2004 Olympic gold medalist, is headed to Cancun, Mexico, to fight Nov. 15 on the undercard of a show promoted by Pepe Gomez, Gamboa adviser and attorney Tony Gonzalez told ESPN.com. Gamboa's promoter is rap star Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, but he doesn't have any upcoming cards, so Gomez agreed to put Gamboa (23-1, 16 KOs) on his card.
Gamboa will face Mexico's Joel Montes de Oca (18-3, 10 KOs), who has won 14 fights in a row but against woeful opposition. Gamboa intends to move back down to 130 pounds, where he once held an interim title. But the fight with Montes de Oca is contracted at 132, Gonzalez said.
"It's strictly a tune-up fight to get back in the ring with the hopes of a bigger fight in 2015," Gonzalez said.
The card is supposed to be headlined by featherweight (and former unified junior bantamweight champion) Cristian Mijares (50-8-2, 25 KOs) of Mexico against Lester Medrano (14-2-1, 9 KOs) of Nicaragua.