Donaire vs Gamboa: Arum Could See it Happening

By Mike Coppinger

Yuriorkis Gamboa (20-0, 16KOs), currently campaigning at featherweight, fights Daniel Ponce de Leon in Atlantic City on September 10. Looking ahead, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum envisions a super fight between his Cuban power-puncher and Philippines native Nonito Donaire (26-1, 18KOs), taking place in 2012.

“I think the odds are very, very good,” said Arum of the possible matchup. “Both camps have been talking about it. Donaire is fighting October 22, so sometime next year. In a perfect world, Gamboa would end up fighting Juan Manuel Lopez, then Donaire, and if he’s successful and even if he isn’t successful, move up to 135 pounds.”

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 any craic lad? on 08-27-2011

The other two fights i currently have bets on which both involve Donaire i think now Donaire wins against Moreno and its a toss up against Mares both but ill pay still if they come through but im sure Yuri…

Comment by SkillspayBills on 08-27-2011

Am I the only one that gets hard when thinking of this bout? This is literally as good as it gets folks.

Comment by LeG00N on 08-27-2011

he'll hype it an drag it out for another 5 years

Comment by delpilar on 08-27-2011

This fight may not happen with the snail's pace that Donaire is adding on his weight. Gamboa might be retired before Donaire ever catches up with Gambo's weight.

Comment by Cubanborn87 on 08-27-2011

if that is the plan he better not put rigondeaux in the ring with donaire, that would be very bad news

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