Juanma-Gamboa Still Has Hope, Then Donaire-Gamboa

By Keith Idec
Promoter Bob Arum hasn’t given up hope of eventually matching powerful featherweights Yuriorkis Gamboa and Juan Manuel Lopez against each other.

Arum aimed at building Gamboa-Lopez into a huge featherweight unification fight before Orlando Salido upset Lopez by eighth-round technical knockout April 16 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Lopez’s lone loss definitely delayed a fight against Gamboa, but Arum said that if Lopez overcomes Salido in their rematch and the Cuban sensation continues to win that his company, Top Rank Inc., would make a Gamboa-Lopez fight sometime in 2012.

“The big fights for Gamboa down the road are the winner of Juan Manuel Lopez and Salido,” said Arum, who was on the call to promote Gamboa’s fight against Daniel Ponce De Leon (41-3, 34 KOs) on Sept. 10 in Atlantic City. “I hope to make that fight [the Salido-Lopez rematch] early next year. And then, probably the biggest fight in the featherweight division [for Gamboa] will be with the up-and-coming bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire, who will be moving up to featherweight next year. That should be a big, big match.”

That would discount, of course, the possibility of Lopez beating both Salido (36-11-2, 24 KOs, 1 NC) and Gamboa (20-0, 16 KOs). But Arum’s point was that he hasn’t forgotten about Gamboa-Lopez, which was one of the most highly anticipated fights in boxing before Salido stopped Lopez four months ago.

Puerto Rico’s Lopez (30-1, 27 KOs) will return to the ring Oct. 1 in Bayamon, against American Mike Oliver (25-2, 8 KOs, 1 NC).

Mexico’s Salido also has expressed interest in taking another bout before boxing Lopez again early in 2012. He has already defended the WBO featherweight title he won from Lopez, thanks to an 11th-round TKO of Japan’s Kenichi Yamaguchi (17-2-2, 4 KOs, 1 NC) on July 23 in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, NJ., and

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by [email protected] on 08-31-2011

juanma took salido lightly and got whooped...but this time around, i expect juanma to bounce from that humiliating defeat...i knew salido will not last long as a champion because there's nothing special in him as a fighter...i think rafa marquez…

Comment by Maymoney on 08-30-2011

F*ck Juanma vs Gamboa. Too late for that. Let Juanma go to 130 and bring Donaire vs Gamboa. But bring it soon.

Comment by Ringlife on 08-30-2011

As much as I would like to see Gamboa vs JuanMa I don't think Lopez beats Salido Same result in the rematch.Bob waited to long to make it happen it would have been a better fight if Lopez Gamboa fought…

Comment by newcastleking on 08-30-2011

nevvver count the mexican underdog out! look at what happened to lemieux, juanna lopez and vasquez jr for ex. undefeated champions dethroned by men with many losses but hearts of warriors.

Comment by boxingfan76 on 08-30-2011

gamboa most likley beats them all, the only one of those that may make it a fight is donaire but gamboa should be the favorite even there.too technical too strong too fast too aggressive guy just has too much for…

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