LAS VEGAS -- Former Cuban Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa won his fight Saturday night on the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez undercard, giving rapper 50 Cent a victory in his debut as a boxing promoter.
Gamboa, fighting for the first time in more than a year, survived a ninth-round knockdown to take a unanimous 12-round decision over Michael Farenas of the Philippines in the 130-pound fight.
It was the first fight for Gamboa (22-0) with 50 Cent, and it went longer than either fighter or promoter would have liked. Gamboa knocked down Farenas in the second round and again in the seventh, but every time he tried to finish him off he ended up getting tagged himself.
Gamboa, who lives in Miami, opened cuts around both eyes of Farenas early and used his quickness to land some big shots. But Farenas (34-4-4) was relentless and nearly turned the fight around when he landed a huge left hook in the ninth round as Gamboa was trying to drop him again.
Gamboa, who won an Olympic gold in 2004 before defecting from Cuba, got up and finished the round but was shaky. He fought cautiously the rest of the way, content to win the decision.
50 Cent, who got his Nevada promoter's license last month, reportedly paid $1 million for the contract to promote Gamboa.
Before the fight, 50 Cent was lowered into the ring from the rafters of the MGM Grand arena as he rapped one of his songs.
50 Cent - Just A Lil Bit
Music video by 50 Cent performing Just A Lil Bit. (C) 2005 Shady Records/Aftermath Records/Interscope Records
50 Cent - 21 Questions ft. Nate Dogg
Music video by 50 Cent performing 21 Questions. (C) 2003 Shady Records/Aftermath Records/Interscope Records
50 Cent - Baby By Me ft. Ne-Yo
Music video by 50 Cent performing Baby By Me. (C) 2009 Shady Records/Aftermath Records/Interscope Records
50 Cent - Candy Shop ft. Olivia
Music video by 50 Cent performing Candy Shop. (C) 2005 Shady Records/Aftermath Records/Interscope Records
Jeremih - Down On Me ft. 50 Cent
Music video by Jeremih performing Down On Me. (C) 2010 The Island Def Jam Music Group
50 Cent - In Da Club
Music video by 50 Cent performing In Da Club. (C) 2003 Shady Records/Aftermath Records/Interscope Records
50 Cent - Till I Collapse (Official Music Video) Exclusive
(Official Music Video) Exclusive 50
50 Cent - New Day (Lyrics Video)
Download now on iTunes: smarturl.it New lyrics video by 50 Cent performing New Day feat Dr. Dre and Alicia Keys. New single off of Street King Immortal - Album coming out this fall Produced by Dr Dre and mixed by Eminem Download the Thisis50 app for iPhone and Android! (Search: Thisis50) Connect: www.facebook.com www.twitter.com Instragram: @50Cent Subscribe: www.youtube.com New song released in Dirty / HD / CDQ / High Quality on July 27th 2012. Interscope Records 2012
Nicole Scherzinger - Right There ft. 50 Cent
Music video by Nicole Scherzinger performing Right There. Get it on iTunes: glnk.it © 2011 VEVO
Down On Me(With Me and 50 Cent)
Watch Me Perform "Down On Me" with 50 Cent This Premiered On An Episode Of "Chelsea Lately" NEW CLOTHING LINE: www.justloveapparel.com FOLLOW ME ON KEEK (NEW VIDEO MESSAGING SITE) www.keek.com NEW IPHONE LIP-SYNC BATTLE APP: itunes.apple.com TWITTER: www.twitter.com www.twitter.com FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com WEB: www.keenansroom.com KEENAN CAHILL MANAGEMENT www.twitter.com www.facebook.com www.twitter.com www.twitter.com
Eminem - You Don't Know ft. 50 Cent, Cashis, Lloyd Banks
Music video by Eminem performing You Don't Know. (C) 2006 Shady Records/Interscope Records
50 Cent - PIMP (Snoop Dogg Remix) ft. Snoop Dogg, G-Unit
Music video by 50 Cent performing PIMP. (C) 2003 Shady Records/Aftermath Records/Interscope Records