By Miguel Rivera
Olympic gold medal winner and former world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (25-1, 17KOs) is ready to get back in the world title mix. He's willing to step in and challenge Puerto Rican world champion Jose "Sniper" Pedraza (22-0, 12KOs), who is the reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion at super featherweight.
"We would love that fight," Gamboa's manager, Zeferino Ramirez, told Carlos Gonzalez. "Showtime's Stephen Espinoza made an approach two months ago, but everything will depend on the financial offer presented to us."
Gamboa has been idle since December 2015 when he defeated Hylon Williams Jr. by unanimous decision. Since then, his handlers have dug for the best situations that bring him to a world title.
Pedraza himself has been out of the ring for a while, since winning a twelve round unanimous decision over mandatory challenger Stephen Smith in April. Pedraza has been looking at different opportunities, but several of them have fallen through.
"When we talked about Pedraza the first time, the financial offer was not at the level that Gamboa deserves. The figure was equal to that of the fight against Williams, but now we are talking about the IBF junior lightweight title. Still, we are open to listen and work to make the fight," said Ramirez.L
Lou DiBella, promoter of Puerto Rican boxer, said there have been preliminary talks to make that fight.
"I tried to make that fight, but I can not say whether it will be possible. Ideally in New York, a large stage where Pedraza needs to develop," revealed DiBella by telephone from New York.
Ramirez, meanwhile, called for DiBella communicate to discuss the possibility.
"All he has to do is call. We understand that in New York it would be great for the Puerto Rican and Cuban communities in the area. Nor we would cause an inconvenience in going to Puerto Rico," Ramirez said.