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Gamboa vs Rios Fight Plan To Be Determined Very Soon

By Keith Idec

Executives for Top Rank Inc. won’t determine until after incoming HBO Sports president Ken Hershman begins his new job on Monday what they’ll do next with Brandon Rios and Yuriorkis Gamboa.

They’re either going to match Rios and Gamboa against separate opponents in a doubleheader to build more momentum toward what would be a highly anticipated lightweight showdown. Or they’re going to go straight to Rios-Gamboa, depending on how much money is available within HBO’s budget for immediately making a bout boxing fans really want to see.

Rios (29-0-1, 22 KOs), who lost his WBA lightweight title at the scales Dec. 2 in New York, is fine with either plan. The rugged fighter from Oxnard, Calif., just wants a shot at Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs), the abundantly talented Cuban who is expected to move up from featherweight to lightweight for his next bout no matter who he fights.

“I’m more than happy to do it right away,” Rios said regarding the Gamboa fight, which is the only option at lightweight keeping him from moving up to 140 pounds. “I want to prove myself and show everybody I’m not a fluke, like everybody thinks I am. I’m fighting all these guys they’re saying I’m bigger than. I need to prove myself, so I need a serious challenge.”

While Gamboa, 30, has yet to fight at lightweight, the 25-year-old Rios realizes the former featherweight champion’s diverse skill set will present an extremely serious challenge.

“Gamboa’s a very quick, awkward little fighter,” Rios said. “But, you know, if he fights me he’s going to have a lot to think about. How he’s going to handle my pressure, a guy that takes the pressure, a guy that can punch with both hands? How will he handle that?

“He’ll be the smaller guy [about two inches shorter than Rios]. But like I said, he’s very quick, very awkward, so it’ll be a good fight to have. I think it would be like one of the fights I had with Miguel Acosta. The first round he’s going to run, try to out-box me, this and that. But then I’m going to catch him later on.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by 1chase on 01-09-2012

Adrien Broner would knock both of these bums out.

Comment by wizard king on 01-09-2012

[QUOTE=Eaner0919;11647364]awwww poor baby[/QUOTE] awwww poor dick puller

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 01-09-2012

[QUOTE=Eaner0919;11647586]well the train of thought is that he hadn't really been using people like nutritionists and conditioning coaches and still making 135 (albeit a struggle) they're going to give a shot and see what transpires. The Acosta and Antillon fights…

Comment by Ringlife on 01-09-2012

I see them fighting on the same night just not against each other.

Comment by Eaner0919 on 01-09-2012

[quote=CubanGuyNYC;11647551]I don't think it's ever good when a fighter has to struggle to make weight. It's just too weakening. Even when done right, a fighter is teetering dangerously between "ready" and drained. In my opinion, it's too much to ask…

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