Monday, July 15, 2013
Amidu tabbed as Burgos' new foe
By Dan Rafael
Juan Carlos Burgos could set up another title shot with a win over new opponent Yakubu Amidu.
After junior lightweight contender Juan Carlos Burgos lost his opponent -- Daulis Prescott, due to a case of kidney stones -- last week, the hunt was on for a new opponent for his July 26 fight (ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes) at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Sacramento, Calif.
After co-promoters Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing discussed various names with ESPN, the opponent they came to an agreement on was Yakubu Amidu (20-4-1, 18 KOs), who accepted the fight.
Amidu, 28, a native of Ghana based in Los Angeles, has lost two fights in a row, both 10-round decisions at lightweight, to fringe contender Ji-Hoon Kim and Haskell Rhodes.
In 2008, Amidu suffered the only knockout loss of his career, a seventh-round stoppage in Scotland to future lightweight titleholder Ricky Burns.
Burgos (30-1-1, 20 KOs) fought to a disputed draw with 130-pound titleholder Rocky Martinez in January, and a win against Amidu will probably put him in position to challenge for the same belt against the winner of a proposed title fight between Martinez and former featherweight titlist Mikey Garcia.
Other names that were discussed as possible Burgos opponent included Alexei Collado, Marcos Leonardo Jimenez, Hylon Williams, Jr. and Daniel Ruiz.