Top Rank and Arena Box confirm Brandon Rios and Yuriorkis Gamboa clash: ‘Let’s do it’

18 Feb

On The Beak – Admin

Boxing fans can expect many happy returns this tax season as former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios and former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa will collide in a battle of the undefeated for the vacant WBA championship at 135lbs on Saturday, April 14 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The event will be promoted by Top Rank Boxing in association with Arena Box US and broadcast on HBO.

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Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

“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 Oener, 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.”

Kery Davis, senior vice president of programming at HBO Sports, added: “Brandon Rios versus Yuriorkis Gamboa is a spectacular fight and we’re excited to present this showdown live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Both fighters deserve recognition for stepping up and saying ‘let’s do it.’”

Rios (29-0-1, 22ko), the former WBA lightweight champ, from Oxnard, California, enters this fight having won ten of his previous 11 fights by knockout. Gamboa (21-0-0, 16ko), the former world featherweight champion who won Olympic gold in 2004 for his native Cuba and now resides in Miami, Florida, 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.

Details on tickets will be forthcoming.

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