Gamboa added to Dec. 8 card
October, 31, 2012
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
Ed Mulholland/Fightwire.comAfter more than a year away from the ring, Yuriorkis Gamboa could return to face Miguel Beltran Jr.
We all know that Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will meet for the fourth time on Dec. 8 (HBO PPV) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. But what else will you get if you decide to shell out the $50 or $60 to buy the pay-per-view? Here is what you can expect the undercard to look like, according to Top Rank, although the bouts are not finalized yet:
• Former featherweight titlist Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs), who left Top Rank when rapper 50 Cent, an aspiring promoter, bought out his contract for seven figures earlier this year, will be on the card under a deal struck between 50 and Top Rank. If the fight is finalized, Gamboa -- idle since September 2011 after pulling out of a fight earlier this year with Brandon Rios and because of the snit with Top Rank that led to the sale of his contract -- would face Mexico's Miguel Beltran Jr. (27-2, 17 KOs) for a vacant interim junior lightweight belt. Beltran is coming off a split decision loss to Roman “Rocky” Martinez for a vacant title in an all-action slugfest on the Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. undercard on Sept. 15.
• Lightweight titleholder Miguel Vazquez (32-3, 13 KOs) of Mexico, who retained his belt with a split decision win against mandatory challenger Marvin Quintero last Saturday night in the opening bout of an HBO tripleheader, is being lined up to face the Philippines’ Mercito Gesta (26-0-1, 14 KOs) in a fight that has been in the works since before Vazquez even faced Quintero.
• Dynamic featherweight prospect Javier Fortuna (20-0, 15 KOs) of the Dominican Republic likely will face upstate New York-based Ireland native Patrick Hyland (27-0, 12 KOs) for a vacant interim featherweight belt.