YEARS TOO LATE

Dwin­dling for­mer stars are on a col­li­sion course

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++ 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.

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