YEARS TOO LATE
Dwindling former stars are on a collision course
++ GAMBOA-BELTRAN ++ LOPEZ-MINO
AT the end of 2010, one of the most highly craved matchups in boxing was a clash between Miami-based Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa and Puerto Rican portsider Juan Manuel Lopez. At the time, the 2004 Olympians were unbeaten and considered as two of the most exciting fighters on the planet. Gamboa was the WBA and IBF featherweight champ, while Lopez was the WBO feather boss, having previously held the same strap at superbantam.
As fans of the sport know only too well, the fights that everyone wants to see don’t always happen, as unfortunately was the case with Gamboa-lopez. Now, eight years too late, the faded duo – 36 and 35 respectively – are being lined up to face each other up at lightweight by New Champions Promotions.
At the Miami-dade County Fair & Expo this Saturday (November 10), live on Integrated Sports Media, Gamboa, 28-2 (17), can outpoint 29-year-old former WBO superfeather title challenger Miguel Beltran Jnr, 33-6 (22) 1NC, of Los Mochis, Mexico, over 12. Meanwhile, in a scheduled 10, Caguas’ Lopez, 35-6 (32), should halt Tigre, Argentina’s Cristian Mino, 19-2 (17), who turns 22 the day before the bout. This will pave the way for Gamboa-lopez next year.