Boxing Champ Busted for Domestic Violence

Yuriorkis Gamboa is the undefeated WBA and IBF featherweight champion

By Todd Wright
|  Thursday, May 5, 2011  |  Updated 4:22 PM EDT
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Boxing Champ Busted for Domestic Violence

Miami-Dade Corrections

Yuriorkis Gamboa

The man with arguably the fastest hands in boxing has been arrested in Miami and accused of using his skills illegally outside the ring, Miami-Dade police said Thursday.

Yuriorkis Gamboa, 29, was taken to jail this morning and charged with domestic violence after he tried to stop his wife from leaving their Miami-Dade home, an arrest report stated.

According to police, cops got a call at 3:14 a.m. from Dunia Francisco, Gamboa's wife, who was crying.

Francisco was trying to leave the house because she felt Gamboa was cheating on her, she told police. The couple began to argue, when Francisco told Gamboa that she was taking their young son with her, police said.

That's when Gamboa allegedly grabbed his wife's arm and then the back of her neck to stop her, the arrest report stated. Police said she had several scratches and redness on her arms and neck from the incident.

Gamboa admitted to police he tried to stop his wife from taking their son, and he was arrested.

Gamboa is the WBA and IBF featherweight champion and is among the rising stars in boxing. He is 20-0 with 16 knockouts.

The Cuban defector successfully defended his titles last month. Gamboa is known as "the Cyclone of Guantanamo."

Gamboa won the gold medal in the flyweight division in the 2004 Summer Olympics for Cuba before defecting to the U.S.

He now lives and trains out of Miami.

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