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Yuriorkis Gamboa-Chris John is Still The Plan, Says Arum

By Lem Satterfield

WBA featherweight "Super Champion in recess," Chris John, will try to remain the sport's longest-reigning belt-holder when he takes on countryman, Daud Yordan on April 17, at the Jakarta Trade Expo, in Jakarta, Indonesia. According to Top Rank CEO, Bob Arum, there is still a plan to have WBA/IBF featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa challenge John (44-0-2, 22 knockouts) at the end of the year. The WBA, during last year's annual convention, ordered Gamboa and John to fight each other. 

In December, Sampson Lewkowicz, the adviser to John and Yordan, collaborated with Arum, on a potential fall, 2011 clash between John and Gamboa (19-0, 15 KOs). Lewkowicz and Arum, who handles the 29-year-old Gamboa (pictured above, at right), agreed on the notion that each of the fighters take an interim bout before meeting in a more lucrative fight in the fall. Gamboa will face Jorge Solis (40-2-2, 29 KOs) on March 26.

"Sampson came to see me and he said, 'Look, the WBA organization is mandating that they fight right away. But I would prefer to give John another fight, because it's a very lucrative fight to make between him and Gamboa to Indonesia,'" said Arum.

"And I said, 'Sampson, that's fine with me. I'll give Gamboa a fight, which is the March 26 fight, and then, after those fights, let's do the big fight.' And he said, 'fine,' and we shook on it, and that's that," said Arum. "That's what happened, and that's what we intend to do. So Gamboa's next fight would be against Chris John if they both win their prior fights, and that would be in the fall."

Lem Satterfield is the boxing editor at AOL FanHouse and the news editor at BoxingScene.com. To read more from Lem Satterfield, go to AOL FanHouse by Clicking Here .

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by freedom213 on 02-09-2011

[quote=BIGPOPPAPUMP;10079844]WBA featherweight "Super Champion in recess," Chris John, will try to remain the sport's longest-reigning belt-holder when he takes on countryman, Daud Yordan on April 17, at the Jakarta Trade Expo, in Jakarta, Indonesia. According to Top Rank CEO, Bob…

Comment by TerrisJ3 on 02-09-2011

[QUOTE=garfios;10083436]Look a Johns resume, he hasn't fought any one of note, only JMM a few years back and that was in his hometown, I think they deducted like 3 points from JMM, it is easy to look good against soft…

Comment by garfios on 02-09-2011

Look a Johns resume, he hasn't fought any one of note, only JMM a few years back and that was in his hometown, I think they deducted like 3 points from JMM, it is easy to look good against soft…

Comment by cleaner147 on 02-09-2011

haha Arum has just beaten the WBA organ. thats the ol'dirty corruption boxing is known for.

Comment by Walt Liquor on 02-09-2011

god this is boring stuff. wtf is bob waiting for with this guy.

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