Gamboa Beats Beltran; Expects JuanMa Fight In 'March or April'

By Keith Idec

One of the fights fans most wanted to see in 2010 apparently will happen nine years later.

Yuriorkis Gamboa said Saturday night that he’ll finally fight Juan Manuel Lopez in March or April now that they’ve both won lightweight tune-up fights in Miami. Cuba’s Gamboa was busier and better than Miguel Beltran Jr. throughout their 10-round bout, the main event Saturday night at Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo.

Once Gamboa beat Beltran, Puerto Rico’s Lopez jumped into the ring to challenge Gamboa to a fight promoter Bob Arum infamously “marinated” into irrelevance.

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“Enough of waiting,” Lopez yelled at Gamboa. “I did my part and you did your part. Now let’s get it on!”

Gamboa responded, “If that’s what the public wants, we will make it happen. March or April.”

The 35-year-old Lopez (36-6, 32 KOs) and the 36-year-old Gamboa (28-2, 17 KOs) were on a collision course in 2010. Orlando Salido, whom Gamboa beat by unanimous decision in September 2010, ruined their bout by upsetting Lopez by eighth-round technical knockout in April 2011.

Mexico’s Salido also stopped Lopez in the 10th round of their rematch in March 2012.

Gamboa-Lopez would’ve been broadcast by HBO or Showtime had it taken place when both boxers were in their primes. Now it’ll likely headline an independent pay-per-view show, similar to the card that was offered Saturday night for $24.95 in HD.

Before Gamboa nearly shut out Beltran (33-6, 22 KOs, 1 NC) on Saturday night (100-89, 99-90, 98-91), Lopez dropped Argentina’s Cristian Mino four times – twice in the third round, once in the fourth and once in the sixth.

Mino (19-3, 17 KOs) also had a point deducted for holding in the 10th round. He survived to the final bell, however, and lost a unanimous decision.

Lopez bounced back from a 12th-round TKO loss to fellow Puerto Rican Jayson Velez in his last fight, March 3 in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Lopez was down by the same score, 108-101, on all three scorecards and bleeding from a cut over his right eye when referee Luis Pabon stopped that fight with barely more than a minute left in it.

Gamboa fought for the first time Saturday night in nearly a year. He hadn’t boxed since he defeated former WBA 130-pound champion Jason Sosa by majority decision in a 10-rounder last November 25 in The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by HI-TECH Boxing on 11-15-2018

I actually don't think Gamboa looked all that bad. Granted it was against Miguel Beltran, so it is hard to know what he has left, but probably the sharpest and most composed he has looked in a while. I was…

Comment by Basco on 11-11-2018

[QUOTE=MulaKO;19265588]There really no point for this fight to happen , really . I still favour Gamboa to ko Juan Ma Possibly in a brutal way ( as long as he lets his hands go ) Don’t think Lopez has the…

Comment by MulaKO on 11-11-2018

There really no point for this fight to happen , really . I still favour Gamboa to ko Juan Ma Possibly in a brutal way ( as long as he lets his hands go ) Don’t think Lopez has the…

Comment by RA-Box on 11-11-2018

[QUOTE=Zaryu;19264270]Honestly, Gamboa looks the same. I think his main problem is he's not as effective at 135lbs, but I don't foresee that being a huge issue against Juanma.[/QUOTE] ^This He was a monster at 126. Possibly unbeatable at that weight.

Comment by MisanthropicNY on 11-11-2018

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;19264314]Yeah. We didn't get it when we wanted it, when it would have meant something. Thanks to Bob Arum. Like the article says he marinated it into irrelevance.[/QUOTE] He's done that with so many fights. It'll be a good day…

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