In February 2007 Olympic gold medallist Yuriorkis Gamboa had arrived in Hamburg for the first time after defecting from the Cuban national team along with team-mates Odlanier Solis and Yan Barthelemy. Three years and 17 pro-fights later the WBA featherweight champion made his return to Germany yesterday to defend his world title against unbeaten Jonathan Victor Barros (28-0-1) on Saturday at Sporthalle Hamburg. “I don’t care about my opponent’s name or record”, says Gamboa. “I want to prove that I am the best boxer in the world. I know that I can beat any opponent who comes my way.”
The co-main event will be a heavyweight rematch between Steffen Kretschmann and Denis Bakhtov for the PABA championship. Kretschmann is looking to avenge a KO1 defeat. The undercard features last year’s world title challengers Juan Carlos Gomez (who lost to Vitali Klitschko in March 2009) and Mahir Oral (who was stopped by Arthur Abraham last June).