By Luis Sandoval
Yuriorkis Gamboa is set to make his return to the ring after a 15 month layoff in a new weight class and under the new promotional banner SMS Promotions on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez IV fight on December 8th.
Gamboa looked in phenomenal shape at his media day as he worked out and put his speed and power on display. While he needs to get back into the swing of things in this fight, there have already been discussions of the possible opponents Gamboa could face next. One name that has been brought up by the public repeatedly is rising star and current WBC Lightweight champion Adrien Broner.
Gamboa was asked what he thought of a possible match up with Broner.
“Exactly, that's one of the fights I would like to have. I've heard rumors that Broner has been talking like he wants a fight with me and if he wants to fight with me, we'll give him the opportunity in the moment that we enter 135 pounds. He was at 130 pounds so I think we will fight at 135” said Gamboa.
Both fighters have shown they posses lighting speed and true knockout power which makes a fight with them a natural super fight. Gamboa was asked what his thoughts were on Broner as a fighter.
“Honestly I think he's a good boxer. A fighter that has focused on getting results and it’s worked for him. He's still undefeated. But I think I'm also good and I'm also undefeated and he's never faced a fighter of my quality” Gamboa would tell BoxingScene.
It’s no secret Broner resembles Floyd Mayweather Jr in many ways both inside and outside the ring. Gamboa, who is friends with Floyd Mayweather, was asked if he felt Broner had a similar fighting style as Mayweather.
“Yes, I've seen and at the same time heard the opinions of people that he imitates Floyd's style a bit. But you can't imitate the quality” said Gamboa as he took a small jab at Broner.
Gamboa’s full focus is on his fight next Saturday night but he assures he wants to face the best and is definitely open to a showdown with Broner.
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