Photos: Gamboa, Juanma Win Bouts To Set Up 2019 Showdown

By Keith Idec, photos by David Martin Warr

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Zaryu on 11-11-2018

If it's in Miami, I'll be there.

Comment by FRANKIE420247 on 11-11-2018

10 years of marination, throw that meat away. It's no good. Fuk it yuri knocks out juanma

Comment by Hatesrats on 11-11-2018

Gamboa is gonna spark JuanMa out just like he would have back then.. . #Period

Comment by tatot on 11-11-2018

This fight should’ve happened 8 yrs ago. That greedy uncle Bob screwed the fans big time but hey, better late than never I guess lol.

Comment by MasterPlan on 11-11-2018

ESPN+ or DAZN probably pick this up.

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