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DuBoef Hoping To Finalize The Rios vs Gamboa Showdown

By Ryan Burton

BoxingScene.com caught up with Todd DuBoef, President of Top Rank, at Saturday's open workout for Nonito Donaire. The "Filipino Flash" faces Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. next Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas for the vacant WBO super bantamweight title.

DuBoef discussed a variety of topics, including top Rank's plans for Brandon Rios (29-0, 22KOs) and Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16KOs). The two fighters were supposed to appear in separate bouts on a March 3rd HBO televised card in Carson, California. Rios was supposed to face John Molina Jr., while Gamboa was going to face Rocky Martinez.

The idea behind the doubleheader was to build a Rios vs. Gamboa summer showdown, provided both boxers were victorious in those fights.  Both of the March fights fell apart when monetary agreements couldn't be reached to satisfy neither Molina's or Martinez's team. 

With March 3rd rapidly approaching, the fight card has been moved to April 14th and will now take place at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV. DuBoef said that he is now looking to go straight to making the Rios-Gamboa fight on that date.

"The plan was for them both to appear in separate fights on the same card. Now I am talking to both HBO about having them fight each other next," DuBoef told BoxingScene.com.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ringlife on 01-29-2012

This is a real good fight for Top Rank.

Comment by Nekronicle on 01-29-2012

oh lame cant embed youtube

Comment by Nekronicle on 01-29-2012

This fight is going to resemble the first half of the Acosta fight, except Gamboa isnt going to crumble and succumb to Rios's pressure. Ya'll forget Gamboa can punch..not like Rios isnt going to get hurt...i think he can safely…

Comment by brick wall on 01-29-2012

i don't think this is a good matchup...gamboa is biting more than he can chew. rios will break him down and knock him out late in the fight. rios is very good at pressuring his opponents and if you can't…

Comment by Carlos Alberto on 01-29-2012

Although this may turn out to be a good fight, I don't understand why so many hardcore fans want to see this fight. They're two weightclasses apart from each other! And now that Rios is gonna struggle so much to…

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