Originally posted on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 2/17/12
In what's sure to be an early nominee for 2012 Fight of the Year, boxing fans will be treated to Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Brandon Rios on April 14th. The fight will be televised on HBO, and will be contested at the lightweight limit of 135 lbs. That means Gamboa will be jumping up two weight classes from featherweight for the bout, and Rios will be forced to make weight at lightweight instead of moving up, something he has had well-documented struggles with. The fact that Rios will need to make weight should, potentially, negate the size difference between the two men. Still, on fight night, Rios could end up having a 15 pound advantage in the ring, nothing to dismiss, particularly as Gamboa has been competing against featherweights, and has a tendency to get caught and tagged in his fights. Credit: Tom Casino / Showtime Gamboa will be bringing all of the speed and skill into the ring with him, as well as his status as the #7 pound for pound boxer in the world. Rios of course is the top
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