Fortuna Eyes Gamboa Clash, Uchiyama in America

By Rick Reeno

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing is looking to secure a major fight for Javier Fortuna (29-0-1, 21KOs), who holds the WBA's "regular" super featherweight world title.

Fortuna was in action on Tuesday night at the Palms in Las Vegas, where he busted up Olympian Carlos Velasquez for an eleventh round stoppage win in the headline bout of a Premier Boxing Champions televised card on Fox Sports 1.

One opponent in particular who interests both Fortuna and Lewkowicz is Olympic gold medal winner Yuriorkis Gamboa (24-1, 17KOs).

Gamboa has been inactive since a victory last November in Mexico. He weighed around 131-pounds for that fight and expressed interest in heading back to super featherweight after a failed attempt at the lightweight title with champion Terence Crawford in June 2014.

"Fortuna is ready to fight anyone at super featherweight, including Gamboa. But, Gamboa has been out of the ring for a long time. First, let's see him take a fight and make 130-pounds. If he makes the weight, then let's do the fight. This would be a great fight for the fans. The fight would be fireworks from the first round," Lewkowicz told

Another opponent is Takashi Uchiyama (23-0-1, 19KOs) of Japan, who holds the WBA's "super title" at 130-pounds.

Lewkowicz is open to making that fight - but only in the United States. He was very disappointed with the recent outcome for Anselmo "Chemito" Moreno, who many felt was robbed of a victory two weeks ago with WBA champion Shinsuke Yamanaka. Lewkowicz had worked with Moreno for many years.

Additionally, holding that fight in Japan would create issues with securing a television outlet in the United States due to the time difference.

"We have no problem fighting Uchiyama but I'm not sending Fortuna to Japan after what happened to Moreno and many others who came over. We would fight Uchiyama anywhere in the United States, which is a neutral location for both fighters. It would settle the case on who is the true WBA champion at 130-pounds," Lewkowicz said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BattleAxePurist on 10-01-2015

L.O.L don't worry bruh there would be no decision needed Uchi sparks Fortuna out cold Gamboa is a more realistic option but as they stated they'd rather wait for him to get older before making the fight which could be…

Comment by wildman on 10-01-2015

Uchiyama is the best Jr. Lightweight in the world and he doesn't need crooked judging to win. He always fights in Japan because he makes a lot more money fighting at home, where he's very popular. It's not rocket science.…

Comment by tiliheels on 10-01-2015

[QUOTE=i'm a fun haver;16098789]You gotta go to the champ. Fortuna doesn't really want to fight Uchiyama if he's not willing to go to the champ.[/QUOTE] well if thats teh case i wouldnt worry about him...japan is robbing ppl at the…

Comment by i'm a fun haver on 10-01-2015

[QUOTE=tiliheels;16098622]it would settle uchi has fought in japan his entire life and nobody cares for his resume...javier is by far his best competition and a biggest challenge.. and even if u dont agree, you must agree that a trip to…

Comment by tiliheels on 10-01-2015

[QUOTE=HanzGruber;16098733]yuri doesnt have to be his next fight but next year would be nice.. beating yuri would move him up hed be the best fighter on his resume.. but hed get knocked out[/QUOTE] yuri wont be back by next year…

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