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Gamboa's Take on The Juanma Fight Falling Through

By Mike Coppinger

NEW YORK -- Yuriorkis Gamboa, preparing to face Daniel Ponce de Leon on Saturday in Atlantic City, was supposed to be gearing up to face Juanma Lopez sometime in the near future. But the eagerly-anticipated featherweight clash was derailed when Orlando Salido shocked the world with an eighth round TKO of Lopez in April.

“You never know [in boxing], you can have a good fight with one fighter, then another bad fight with another fighter,” said Gamboa, 29. “I guess that’s what happened when he fought Juanma.

“I was a little bit disappointed, but really, I want to fight the best boxers and I guess if [Lopez] isn’t there, then I guess he’s not one of the best ones.”

Mike Coppinger is a regular boxing freelancer for USA TODAY and Ring Magazine. He’s a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America, the Ring Ratings Advisory Panel and the Yahoo! Sports Boxing Panel. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by AntonTheMeh on 09-10-2011

[QUOTE=CubanGuyNYC;11113948]If JuanMa takes Salido out in impressive fashion, he's back in business. If Orlando takes Lopez out again, JuanMa's on skid row.[/QUOTE] pretty much......

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 09-10-2011

[QUOTE=AntonTheGreat;11113758]lopez has some ground to cover, but he can get there because he's got a fanbase. if he comes back from the salido match better for it, i supposed it'd be like they never lost a step. it took Arum…

Comment by AntonTheMeh on 09-10-2011

lopez has some ground to cover, but he can get there because he's got a fanbase. if he comes back from the salido match better for it, i supposed it'd be like they never lost a step. it took Arum…

Comment by Cubanborn87 on 09-10-2011

[QUOTE=newcastleking;11112872]if salido can upset lopez, then ponce can also upset gamboa with his big punching power. anythings possible.[/QUOTE] ponce looked strong in the weigh in he is very dangerous indeed

Comment by newcastleking on 09-10-2011

if salido can upset lopez, then ponce can also upset gamboa with his big punching power. anythings possible.

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