Former WBA and IBF featherweight world champion, Yuriorkis Gamboa, sneaks back into the boxing landscape on August 12th, when he takes on 15(7)-2(0)-1 Alexis Reyes, in the Oasis Arena, Cancun, Mexico. Far removed from his exalted position as one of the most highly regarded fighters in the game, the 35 year old Cuban is attempting to reignite his claim for a title shot against the rugged Mexican. His hopes were earlier extinguished by an upset defeat to the highly experienced and unjustly unheralded Robinson Castellanos, who stopped Gamboa in May of this year.
As the boxing world takes a deep breath for a week, before resuming the tremendous high-quality action that 2017 has provided so far, a certain Mexican legend quietly continues his attempt to arrive back at the top level. Jhonny Gonzalez, 63(53)-10(4)-0, has belonged in upper echelon of fighters for a significant portion of his storied career, and a victory on Saturday would inch him closer again to those heights.
Sandwiched between many of the more eye-grabbing fights in the coming days, one of Germany’s rising heavyweight stars, Agit Kabayel, finds himself as one half of an intriguing and significant vacant European title fight next Saturday, February 4th. In the opposite corner will stand the seemingly solid, but largely untested Herve ‘Double Hache’ Hubeaux of Belgium, who is taking the opportunity at a month’s notice, in place of Poland’s Mariusz Wach.
Former two-time IBF Bantamweight champion, Joseph ‘King Kong’ Agbeko (30-5-0, 23KO) is scheduled to return to the ring this Friday (October 28th) in his second fight since Guillermo Rigondeaux shut him out in December 2013. Agbeko dispatched of Filipino fighter Juanito Rubillar (then 50-23-7, 24KO) in May of last year, knocking out the over-matched journeyman before the end of the fourth round.
Fan favourite and two-weight, three-time world champion, Jhonny Gonzalez, returns to the ring on September 24th. The 34 year old super-Featherweight has always been a hit with many who follow the sport, seemingly having power and vulnerability in equal measure. However, it is the former quality that will likely be highlighted in his next fight, as his opponent, Hirotsugu Yamamoto, has been stopped six times on the way to a 19(3)-12(6)-2 record. Gonzalez will be looking to improve on his 61(51)-10(4)-0 ledger, and his class should allow him to do this comfortably when the fight comes around, despite the Japanese foe being naturally a bigger man.