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Gamboa to end 13-month layoff on Ortiz-Jennings undercard

Former featherweight titlist Yuriorkis Gamboa returns to the ring for the first time in more than a year. Chris Farina/Top Rank

Lightweight Yuriorkis Gamboa, a former unified featherweight titlist, will return from a 13-month layoff on Dec. 19 at the Turning Stone resort in Verona, New York, on a loaded card headlined by the Luis Ortiz-Bryant Jennings interim heavyweight title bout.

Gamboa (24-1, 17 KOs), 33, the former Cuban Olympic gold medalist, will face Hylon Williams Jr. (16-1-1, 3 KOs), 25, of Houston, in a scheduled 10-rounder contracted at 132 pounds, according to HBO.

While Ortiz-Jennings headlines HBO’s final “Boxing After Dark” card of the year -- with former featherweight titlist Nicholas Walters facing Jason Sosa in the junior lightweight co-feature -- Gamboa-Williams will open the three-fight HBO Latino telecast of undercard bouts.

That telecast will also include two previously announced bouts, Gabriel Rosado against Joshua Clottey in a middleweight fight and light heavyweight Yunieski Gonzalez taking on Vyacheslav Shabranskyy.

In Gamboa’s last fight, on Nov. 15, 2014, he knocked out Joel Montes de Oca in the sixth round in Mexico to rebound from a ninth-round knockout loss challenging then-lightweight champion Terence Crawford five months earlier in an action-packed battle.

Williams is 1-1-1 in his past three fights and is coming off an eight-round split draw with Jason Litzau in August, which was Williams’ first fight in nearly three years.