The Yuriorkis Gamboa–Daniel Ponce De Leon featherweight bout set for Saturday September 10 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on HBO’s Championship Boxing could be construed as a sign of good things to come.
Gamboa is promoted by Top Rank and Ponce De Leon is represented by Golden Boy Promotions. The recent bad blood between the two promotional giants had given boxing a black eye.
But all appears to be forgiven and boxing will be better off for it. Gamboa (20-0, 16 KOs) could’ve passed on De Leon. But he said he wants to be challenged. And De Leon (41-3, 34 KOs), fresh off an ugly unanimous-decision loss to Adrien Broner last March, is a dangerous opponent.
“I am ready to fight at 126, 130 or 135. Right not this is something the promoters want,” said Gamboa. “I will fight at any of those weights. I just want the big fights…I want to box with the best and do the big fights. Whatever they bring to me, that’s what I am going to do.”
His last loss notwithstanding, De Leon is confident he can take advantage of Gamboa’s youth.
Said De Leon: “I know it is a very important fight and that’s why I accepted it. I take challenges. I love challenges. I took Gamboa because he is the best in the division, the most dangerous in the division. But I feel very good. I feel very comfortable and I’ve trained very hard and I’m going in there to win.”
This fight should be a win for all involved. HBO gets a championship-caliber matchup, while Atlantic City gets a primetime matchup put on by the top to promoters in the game.
So boxing wins, right?