If You Love Boxing, Watch Gamboa This Saturday Night

Joe OneillCorrespondent IIJanuary 20, 2010

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - MARCH 03:  Juan Manuel Lopez (R) and Juan Brea exchange punches during their  fight on March 3, 2007 at the Roberto Clemente Coliseo in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Whatever you're doing this Saturday—cancel it!

Make sure you have HBO. If you don't, go over to a friend who does have it. If you don't have a friend, break into someone's house with a satellite dish on their roof. 

Yuriokis Gamboa vs Rogers Mtagwa AND Juan Manuel Lopez vs Steve Luevano. 

I'm talking Fight of the Year candidate and it's only January. 

I know, you're probably thinking, "Who are these guys? Neither one of them is named Mayweather or Pacquiao. How did I get on this page?"

I can almost guarantee that each of these fights will be as entertaining as Mayweather-Pacquiao. Both of them together?

Get outta here. 

Gamboa could be the next superstar in this sport. A Cuban prodigy who is 16-0. Very strong and very athletic. I, quite honestly, haven't seen too many weaknesses in his arsenal. 

Juan Manuel Lopez is the Puerto Rican sensation who might be the best Super Bantamweight in the ranks right now. 

He moves up to Featherweight to fight a very, very tough Steve Luevano, a top-three Featherweight. 

Roger Mtagwa is a pedestrian 26-13, but he does have 18 KOs and he's only been knocked out twice. In other words, he goes the distance and he can be dangerous. 

You want action? 

I'm talking Matrix kind of action, with some Enter the Dragon, and throw in a spice of Gladiator

We're talking blockbuster on par with Avatar, baby. 

These guys get in and throw down and don't stop until the sound of the bell. 

Put two pissed off wasps in a mason jar and you've got an idea of how much action there's going to be.

If both Lopez and Gamboa win, it could set up a mega match for them later in the year. 

And those are two guys who I will pay to watch throw down. 

I wrote an article a week back detailing how great the Featherweight division is. Unfortunately, it only received about 53 reads. 

If Bruce Lee fought, he would have been a featherweight. 

Think about THAT for a second.

So do yourself a favor. 

Cut away from the sheep who keep droning on and on and on about Pacquiao and Mayweather and turn in for one hell of a boxing match this Saturday night on HBO.