Golden Boy VP: Humberto Soto To Remain on HBO Bill

By Steve Kim

If it wasn't for bad luck, junior welterweight contender Humberto Soto wouldn't have any at all. He was slated to face Frankie Gomez on Many 9th as the co-feature on HBO from Houston, Texas when Saul Alvarez took on James Kirkland. Gomez came in well over the 141-pound weight limit, scrapping the bout.

Then Soto was scheduled to face Ray Beltran on June 27th as the opening bout on HBO from the StubHub Center in Carson, California before Tim Bradley-Jesse Vargas. But on Friday it was reported that Beltran had failed his drug test for his May 1st fight against Takahiro Ao, knocking him out of this bout as he has been indefinitely suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

But attempts are being made to have the hard luck Soto remain on this broadcast.

"Yeah," said Eric Gomez, the V.P. and matchmaker for Golden Boy Promotions. "Definitely he's going to be on and we're just trying to finalize it. We're working with Top Rank trying to finalize a new opponent."

Both Bradley and Vargas are promoted by Top Rank, which is the lead promoter for this card.

Lenny Zappavigna, who was just recently inked by Top Rank was offered the fight versus Soto but declined, believing he did not have enough time to properly prepare for this bout, according to a source.

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by New England on 06-02-2015

[QUOTE=Eastcoast;15749867]It would be awesome if it was Crawford, but that's probably too short notice for that big of a star.[/QUOTE] too much money.

Comment by MC Hammer on 06-02-2015

[QUOTE=FelipeB;15749740]Soto vs crawford makes sence[/QUOTE] Golden Boy would be sacrificing one of their fighters in that case. Plus Crawford is not an undercard fighter.

Comment by richardt on 06-01-2015

I feel bad for Soto....he put on a perfect performance in his last fight and then gets two super flakes that fall out of the fight for different reasons.

Comment by PETUFF on 06-01-2015

All this Mexicans used steroids!! nothing new no more webos !!!:boxing::boxing:

Comment by kiaba360 on 06-01-2015

It's pretty sad there's no notable opposition available for Soto to face. Whatever happened to Allakhverdiev?

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