Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward will be the new man handling Cuban star Yuriorkis Gamboa, according to promoter Ahmet Ohner via RingTV.com:
"Emanuel Steward is one of the best trainers in the world. With Gamboa, he now has one of the best fighters in the world. I am very happy with this solution, and I hope that Steward will take Gamboa to the next level," said Oner.
"Yuri is already a complete fighter, but it doesn’t matter how good you are. A great trainer will always find a way to make you even better."
Gamboa (21-0, 16 KO) is contemplating a move up in weight after disposing of Jorge Solis and Daniel Ponce de Leon at featherweight this year. A dream match with Nonito Donaire is high on a lot of wish lists, but may be a long way off if Gamboa does go up to 130 or higher. He also called out Manny Pacquiao earlier this year, which Pacquiao basically smiled at nicely in return.
I don't know what Steward really does for Gamboa, but it's not like it's going to hurt him or anything. Probably, anyway. Steward has recently parted ways with Chad Dawson and Miguel Cotto (though in neither case due to his own work), so this is the first good news we've heard about his training career recently.
Gamboa has no next fight set, but likely will be back in the first quarter of 2012.