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Gamboa vs Rios is Possible For 2012, Says Bob Arum

By Keith Idec
NEW YORK — As previously reported on, Brandon Rios will defend his WBA lightweight title on the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito undercard Dec. 3 at Madison Square Garden.

His opponent hasn’t been chosen, though Puerto Rico’s Roman “Rocky” Martinez (24-1-1, 15 KOs), England’s Kevin Mitchell (32-1, 24 KOs) and John Molina (23-1, 19 KOs), of Covina, Calif., are among those under consideration. Promoter Bob Arum knows, however, exactly who he hopes to match Rios against sometime in 2012.

“I think sometime next year we’ll see Gamboa fight for the lightweight title,” Arum said, “probably against Brandon Rios.”

Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs), whose hand speed and power have made him one of boxing’s most intriguing fighters, expects to move up to junior lightweight or lightweight for his next fight.

The former IBF/WBA featherweight champion cannot comfortably make the 126-pound featherweight limit anymore. He said following an eight-round technical decision win against Daniel Ponce De Leon (41-4, 34 KOs) on Sept. 10 in Atlantic City that he expects to fight at lightweight in 2012.

A title fight against the rugged Rios (28-0-1, 21 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., would probably be the Cuban-born, Miami-based Gamboa’s most attractive option at 135 pounds, assuming Rios can keep his title Dec. 3 and perhaps in another bout before meeting Gamboa.

The Gamboa-Rios fight would be relatively easy to make, too, because both boxers are promoted by Arum’s Top Rank Inc., which tends to match its own fighters whenever possible.

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

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by garfios on 09-29-2011

[QUOTE=onechance87;11225442]nope,Rios is gonna stay at lightweight.Hes gonna fight at lw in dec,Then he wants to unify with the demarco-linares winner.Then he wants gamboa if hes going to 135.[/QUOTE] And he will get his a$$ hand it to him, Gamboa by…

Comment by garfios on 09-29-2011

[QUOTE=chiguy91;11225466]mikey garcia would be at the top of my list of opponents for gamboa, but yeah, he's still got plenty of good fights at his weight.[/QUOTE] You guys are dreaming if you think Arum will match Garcia against Gamboa, actually…

Comment by Doctor_Tenma on 09-29-2011

[QUOTE=onechance87;11225417]rios would destroy him.[/QUOTE] Agree.........

Comment by kraftzman on 09-29-2011

Interesting fight. I hope it happens early next year.

Comment by lebrick on 09-29-2011

[QUOTE=chiguy91;11225466]mikey garcia would be at the top of my list of opponents for gamboa, but yeah, he's still got plenty of good fights at his weight.[/QUOTE] yeah, garcia too.. so many exciting fights to make before going up in weight..

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