By Rick Reeno
BoxingScene.com has been advised that Yuriorkis Gamboa no-showed today's press conference in Miami, where he was scheduled to officially announce his upcoming fight with lightweight Brandon Rios. The HBO televised fight is scheduled for April 14th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
A few weeks ago, Roger Mayweather, uncle and trainer of Floyd Mayweather Jr., swore to BoxingScene's Chris Robinson, that his nephew signed Gamboa to a promotional contract.
A few days later, Gamboa's co-promoter, Ahment Oner, disputed Roger's claim and informed BoxingScene's Jake Donovan that his client has valid contract with Top Rank.
BoxingScene continued to receive reports that Mayweather and his team were speaking with Gamboa, and sources in Miami were indicating that Gamboa was going to withdraw from the Rios contest.
It was no surprise that last week, Mayweather himself stated - "some day I want to hand the torch to another young fighter. It could be Yuri Gamboa. It could be Broner. We just don’t know, but I’d love to hand that throne to one of those fighters."
Some insiders found it odd that Mayweather would offer such praise to a Top Rank promoted fighter.
In fact, two sources have told BoxingScene that Gamboa is currently in Las Vegas, and he was spotted hanging out with individuals who are affiliated with Mayweather Promotions.
Another press conference is scheduled for Tuesday in Los Angeles. Rios and Top Rank are obviously worried at this point.