HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Cuban defectors and 2004 Olympic gold
medalists Yuriorkis Gamboa and Yan Barthelemy won their first
professional fights in the United States on Tuesday night.
Gamboa scored a sixth-round technical knockout over Brazil's
Adailton De Jesus at the Hard Rock Live Arena an hour after
Barthelemy won a unanimous decision over Kevin Hudgins on the same
Gamboa's speed and power overwhelmed De Jesus during their
Early in the sixth, Gamboa (7-0, 6 KOs) rocked De Jesus with a
right to the head. A staggered De Jesus retreated to a corner,
where Gamboa followed with a flurry of unanswered combinations.
Referee Frank Santore stopped the bout 35 seconds into the
"I wanted to show my people that I could maintain my dominance
over a longer fight," Gamboa said. "The other fights I have won
by knockout usually lasted one or two rounds.
"We have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time and
we were proud of having the crowd support us."
Gamboa weighed 129 pounds for the bout, one more than De Jesus.
Barthelemy's speed frustrated Hudgins throughout the four-round
bantamweight bout. Barthelemy (3-0) scored repeatedly with lefts to
The 25-year-old sealed his victory with a busy fourth round of
lead right jabs and follow-up lefts to the head. Barthelemy, who
weighed in at 117, a pound lighter than his opponent, won on all
three judges' scorecards, 40-35.
"It was my first fight in four months so I was anxious at
first," said Barthelemy, who arrived in Miami last month after
living in Germany since March. "I know I need to keep working
Barthelemy and Gamboa, along with heavyweight Odlanier Solis,
defected from the Cuban team while on a tour in Venezuela last
December. They signed professional contracts with a German based
The three fighters fought their early professional matches in
Germany and Turkey.