More to legendary Cuban than just the bolo punch

Yuriorkis Gamboa follows in a long line of Cuban fighters who plied their trade in the boxing ring. One of the most celebrated and most successful was Kid Gavilan.

Originally Published: May 16, 2008
By William Dettloff | Special to ESPN.com

For very sound reasons, junior lightweight prospect Yuriorkis Gamboa, who meets Darling Jimenez on Saturday in Primm, Nev., is the most earnestly heralded of the recent crop of Cuban boxers who defected to pursue professional careers.

To the eyes of most reasoned observers, he is a remarkable talent who would not surprise by eventually matching the considerable accomplishments of his compatriot, world lightweight champion Joel Casamayor.

Neither Gamboa nor Casamayor, however, ...

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