Yuriorkis Gamboa vs Jorge Solis
A featherweight title match will take place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ between Yuriorkis Gamboa and Jorge Solis.Â Gamboa is listed as a large favorite with his current odds at -1200. Gamboa has a lot on stake in this matchup. If he wins, he has a future showdown against Puerto Rican star Juan Manual Lopez, who will be defending his WBO featherweight title, on April 16. But first, Solis, who has 29 knockouts in 40 victories, will test him.
Yuriorkis Gamboa, at the age of 29, has over 250 amateur bouts under his belt and a 2004 Olympic gold medal at flyweight. Gamboa, is coming off of September’s unanimous decision victory over Orlando Salido that earned him the IBF crown. Gamboa has been on a streak of 5 straight featherweight title fights, including notable victories over Orlando Salido, Jonathan Victor Barros, and Rogers Mtagwa. These were all solid, well-established fighters, but none of them has anywhere near the talent that Gamboa has. Gamboa is hoping that Solis can be nothing more than another solid fighter that he decisively beats en route to a fight against Lopez.
The 31-year-old Solis has won three straight fights, two of them by knockout, since losing a July, unanimous decision to Cristobal Cruz during failed bid to earn the IBF’s featherweight belt. Solis is coming off of September’s sixth-round knockout of Francisco Codero for the his present crown, this, against a fighter who entered the match with a record of 23-0 that included 15 stoppages. Since defeating Likar Ramos in February of 2010, he has successfully defended his interim WBA Super Featherweight title twice and looks to add another title to his resume when he drops down a weight class to fight Gamboa at the Featherweight division.
Yuriorkis Gamboa is one of the boxing’s hottest stars today and is also known for his blinding speed, all action, and explosive power. He can’t afford to lose this fight as so many big fights looms in the horizon. Jorge Solis will push Gamboa to earn his money and break a sweat but in the end Gamboas skill take the toll and stops Solis by TKO late in the fight.
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