Gamboa-Rios Set For April 14





Saturday, April 14 at Mandalay Bay

Live on HBO®


                LAS VEGAS, NEV (February 17, 2012) — Former world lightweight champion BRANDON “Bam Bam” RIOS and former featherweight champion YURIORKIS GAMBOA will collide in a battle of the undefeated for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight championship, Saturday, April 14, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.  Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Arena Box U.S., the fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET.


                Rios (29-0-1, 22 KOs), the former WBA lightweight champion, from Oxnard, Calif., enters this fight having won 10 of his previous 11 fights by knockout.  Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs), the former world featherweight champion who won Olympic gold in 2004 for his native Cuba and now resides in Miami, Fla., will return to the ring having won eight of his previous 11 by stoppage.  In short, these warriors have never met a chin they didn’t want to smash.

                “Rios and Gamboa are two young and hungry fighters in their prime looking to make a leap to stardom,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.

                “Gamboa has been constantly referred to as a ‘rising Cuban star’ throughout his career.  But on April 14, the word ‘rising’ will finally be eliminated.  Gamboa will be a superstar,” said Ahmet Öner, president of Arena Box US.  “Gamboa is so special and though he has been fighting at 126 pounds, 135 pounds is where he belongs.  He will be so much stronger fighting at lightweight.”

“Brandon Rios versus Yuriorkis Gamboa is a spectacular fight and we're excited to present this showdown live on HBO World Championship Boxing,” said Kery Davis, Senior Vice President, Programming, HBO Sports. “Both fighters deserve recognition for stepping up and saying 'let's do it.' “

Details on tickets sales will be announced soon.

Comment on this article


-Radam G :

WTF! Now a real fight will break out. For a couple of rounds anyway. As of now, I will give the edge to Gamboa, because Rios shouldn't be fighting at 135 pounds. Dude is just not meant to be a lightweight anymore, if ever. And he and his team should face it. But you know what it is all about -- MONEY! YUP! Money will make people, who have never had much of it, do all types of stuff. And for Rios's sake, they sometimes make the impossible possible. With that said, Rios may be able to drop the 50-odd pounds of walk-around extra weight that he needs to drop and still be strong and win. But, once again, as of now, I'm giving the Cuban the BIG edge. Holla!

-maromero :

i would give up my prostitute of the month money for this one! this fight is guaranteed to be a thriller

-ali :

Neither one of these guys should be fighting at 135....The question is who is it going to hurt more and usually it's the guy having a hard time making the weight...So im going with my boy Gamboa but if Rios nutritionist can help him hit weight without any problems then I could see him catching up with Gamboa late and stopping him...Either way its going to be a hellva fight im just hoping Gamboa ain't bitin off more then he can chew.

-miguel1 :

Man I like the fight, the only thing is will Gamboa be too small coming up in weight. Stature wise he has always been on the stocky side. I'm a Gamboa fan, he is the best of the three recent Cuban exiles....

-the Roast :

Skills pay the bills! Gamboa will win but this is a must see fight.

-brownsugar :

Gamboa schools Rios and teaches him the meaning of "respect your elders" boxing wise,..... cant wait