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Gamboa Still featherweight King with Dominant Knockout over Solis


Atlantic City- Yuriorkis Gamboa is destined to be a premiere champion after successfully defending his IBF and WBA World Featherweight championships with a fourth round knockout over Jorge Solis Saturday evening at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City .

And in the ring after it was over the inevitable question was asked to WBO champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Caguas Puerto Rico. Will the fight happen between two of the superior fighters in the division?  “We never said no, I never said no,” commented Lopez. “We are the best in the division. We have to do it.”

Now it is up to Top Rank and promoter Bob Arum, but first Lopez has another agenda with a title defense against Orlando Salido on April 16th. HBO would love to televise the fight that would determine who the best featherweight is however, according to the Gamboa camp it is in the hands of Arum and negotiating a price with the network.

If not, the Gamboa camp could seek a different opponent, or move up in weight. The fight that would be more lucrative would be with Lopez.  And the Gamboa camp seems to believe that Top Rank, the promotion that represents both fighters, is keeping Lopez away from Gamboa .because Lopez is more popular and sells out arenas.

Lopez did add his emphasis is on Salido, and after that fight, assuming there is an agreement, there could be a mega bout in the featherweight division.  Bob Arum of Top Rank has been showcasing both fighters the past two years having them appear on the same card twice at Madison Square Garden in New York back in 2009. So the build up for this inevitable fight has been anticipated.

Once again Gamboa (20-0, 16 KO’s) was dominant using his quick punching to victory. The four-time Cuban national champion and 2004 Olympic medalist dropped the Mexican Solis (40-3-2, 29 KO’s) five times in four rounds.

Solis went down twice in the second round, once in round three and two times in the fourth round when the fight was stopped. He said about his hand speed, “I always had good reflexes and speed as a kid. The hand speed overwhelmed him,” he added about his domination over Solis. 

The 31 year-old Solis, a 13 year pro and WBA super featherweight champion got the first loss on his record when Manny Pacquiao knocked him out back in 2007 in the eighth round when Pacquiao was a super flyweight.    

“He’s a great fighter and he hits hard compared to Pacquiao,” commented Solis about Gamboa’s power. He added, “Pacquiao does not hit that hard. He throws a lot of punches but doesn’t hit that hard.”

Now the waiting game begins in what could be a mega fight that boxing fans anticipate. And the fight could become part of an HBO pay-per-view telecast because Gamboa has suddenly become a name and one of those marketable commodities in the sport.

In the first of three title fights on the Top Rank card, Teon Kennedy (16-0-1) of Philadelphia successfully defended his USBA Super bantamweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over the previously undefeated Jorge Diaz (15-1, 9Ko’s) of New Brunswick New Jersey. 

Diaz went down briefly in the sixth round when Kennedy connected with a right to the chin. Two judges had the fight 118-109 and 117-109 for Kennedy, though a third had it 115-111 which seemed more realistic to those at press row. 

Also Miguel Angel Garcia (25-0, 21 KO’s) defended the NABF-NABO Featherweight title using the knockdown late in the scheduled 12-round fight stopping the previously unbeaten Matt Remillard (23-0, 13 KO’s) of Manchester Connecticut by TKO. Referee Ricardo Rivera put a stop to the contest at the end of round 10 on the advice of Remillard’s corner.

Also on the undercard, Glen Tapia, the talent super welterweight from Passaic New Jersey remained undefeated at 7-0 by taking a six-round unanimous decision over Eberto Media (5-6-1,1KO) of Newark Pennsylvania.

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About William Gerena-Rochet

William Gerena Rochet, is the former Latino Sports baseball editor. He is a retired NYC teacher who divides his time living between New York City and San Juan, Puerto Rico. He started writing for Latino Sports during the inaugural World Baseball Classic when a series was played in Puerto Rico in 2006. On of his favorite moments was covering the 2006 MLB All-Star Game in Pittsburgh. During his time with Latino Sports, he covered several divisional and League championship series games and the 2009 World Series. He also covered the last game at the old Yankee stadium and the first game of the current one. In closing, William has covered multiples Latino Sports MVP Awards ceremonies and Spanish Language Press Conferences including the Jorge Posada retirement one. Now a contributor, Willie will occasionally cover the Yankees.