Gamboa To Broner: Why So Much Noise? Let's Fight!

By Ryan Burton recently caught up with WBA interim-super feather weight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (22-0) who faces Darley Perez (28-0) on June 8th in Montreal as part of a HBO televised doubleheader that will be headlined by WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson facing Adonis Stevenson.

Gamboa has spent most of his career campaigning as a featherweight but moved up to 130 pounds in December when he defeated Michael Farenas on the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez 4 undercard.  The bout against Perez will be fought at the lightweight limit of 135-pounds.  Gamboa said that he doesn't have trouble making weight and that he is moving up so that he can be involved in the best possible fights.

"I am trying to target a weight in which I think there will be more lucrative fights not only for myself but for the fans and I think 135 is a good weight for that," Gamboa explained.

Last year two-division titlist Adrien Broner called for a fight against the Cuban Olympic gold medalist but so far the fight hasn't materialized.  At the time Broner was campaigning as a super featherweight and has since captured a title in the lightweight division and will move up two more weight classes when he faces Paulie Malignaggi for the WBA welterweight title on June 22nd. 

Gamboa said that he has never had a problem with facing Broner - but states that every time he moves up in weight, Broner does as well.  He said that if Broner wants to move back down after the Malignaggi fight - they can get it on.

"Broner is the one that has always called me out and I am here you know.  I haven't gone anywhere.  I moved to 135 pounds.  I feel comfortable here.  I am not going anywhere so if he wants to keep looking for me he knows where to find me.  He used to call me out when he fought at 130.  I moved up, won a title at 130, and now I moved up again and I'm fighting for a title at 135 - and he moves up again so that is empty promises from his side.  Why so much noise (if he doesn't want to fight?)," Gamboa told

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by RiC-DiC on 05-05-2013

Gamboa is all talk. He could be even more gutless than Rigondeaux because he chickens out before getting in the ring!! At least Rigondeaux waits till he gets in the ring to run. Styles make fights, Broner would kill Gamboa…

Comment by KickAzz on 05-05-2013

this would be a good fight... gamboa maybe too chinny though

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 05-05-2013

[QUOTE=IdNod4u2;13330514]Gamboa is quickly becoming the next Joan Guzman....(Nacca Please)...He had like 1 fight in 2012. Who does he think he is? Floyd?....He better start earning some respect...and money for that matter.[/QUOTE] Yuri is still my favorite active Cuban fighter, but…

Comment by DondiNeverLeft on 05-05-2013

Gamboa is quickly becoming the next Joan Guzman....(Nacca Please)...He had like 1 fight in 2012. Who does he think he is? Floyd?....He better start earning some respect...and money for that matter.

Comment by ddangerous on 05-05-2013

[QUOTE=Cubanstyle;13324575]Everytime you bet against a Cuban you ended it up paying out LOL, I will gladly bet some points with you if Canelo ever grows some balls and fight Lara. About this subject Gamboa will be too fast for Broner.…

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