Yuriokis Gamboa needed a win in a bad way. Gamboa, a former 2004 Olympic gold medalist and two time world champion, returned to the ring earlier this year after a two year absence and picked up two unimpressive decision wins and lost by knockout to Robinson Castellanos.
Gamboa got an opportunity to jump star his career when he got the call to take on Jason Sosa in a fight that would be televised on HBO Boxing.
Gamboa took advantage of the opportunity and came out sharp and fast against Sosa, winning the early rounds. However, Sosa battled back and seemed to win the later rounds. In the end, the judges scored it for Gamboa with scores of 96-92 and 95-93 for Gamboa while one judge scored it even at 94-94. The result was a majority decision win for Gamboa. The win was especially controversial considering Gamboa went down in round 7 and lost a penalty point later in the fight for holding. Check out the highlights above courtesy of HBO Boxing.
For the 29 year-old Jason Sosa (20-3-4, 15 KO's), the loss is a major setback. Sosa had momentum going into 2017 as the WBA super feather weight champion after scoring wins over Javier Fortuna and Stephen Smith, but Sosa got whipped by Vasyl Lomachenko earlier this year and now this loss to Gamboa sets him back even farther from title contention.