Undefeated Cuban sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa (18-0,15KO’S) arrived in Las Vegas a few days ago for his featherweight unification bout with veteran Mexican IBF champion, Orlando Salido (34-10-2,22KO’S). Twelve round bout for IBF and WBA titles will take place this Saturday, September 11th, 2010 at Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and will be televised live on HBO boxing After Dark.
2004 Olympic champion Gamboa had to sell his gold medal in Cuba to pay for a birthday party for his young daughter. With those days firmly behind him Gamboa seems hungry for success. “It’s a big opportunity for me and I want to give the fans a great fight, said Gamboa, 28:” It’s important to give the fans the best fight possible and this is what I intend to do on Saturday night.”
In contrast to his Cuban adversary, young veteran Salido had no amateur experience and had to learn his craft on the job. However he is no slouch; after loosing to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2004, he has won all of his fights but one since. He lost to country man Christobal Cruz on a split decision in 2008 only to avenge the loss this year and to win and IBF crown.
“He a very good fighter with a lot of professional experience,” conceded Gamboa:” but he is not really at my level. My speed and power will be too much for him.”
WBO featherweight champion from Puerto Rico, Juan Manuel Lopez (29-0,26KO’S) will be ringside for the fight. Lopez is scheduled to face aging ring great Rafael Marquez on November 6th in Las Vegas. Should both Gamboa and Lopez win their perspective bouts, the showdown between two best featherweights looms in the future?
When asked about this match up the Cuban champion said: “It is a fight that is out there and when Top Rank feels that he is ready to face me he will face me. In the mean time all I have to do is beat who ever they put in front of me.”
Just in case this fight does not excite you as a boxing fan, the opening bout on HBO Boxing After Dark is a lightweight showdown between two undefeated prospects, West Coast’s Brandon” Boom Boom” Rios(24-0-1.18KO’S) and East Coast’s Anthony Peterson(30-0,20KO’S). Twelve round WBA title eliminator will undoubtedly be a war. Do not miss this one.