Yuriorkis Gamboa, Dmitry Pirog and Erislandy Lara Set to Defend Perfect Records

First LastCorrespondent IMarch 23, 2011

It's becoming a common trend for the month of March. Undefeated fighters at the top of their divisions will be defending their undefeated records this weekend, including one of the most physically gifted athletes in the entire sport, Yuriorkis Gamboa.

The 2004 Olympic gold medalist, Gamboa (19-0, 15 KO), hopes to do what his Cuban teammate, Odlanier Solis, couldn't do last weekend, and that's keep his perfect record. Solis was also awarded an Olympic gold medal in 2004.

Gamboa's opponent, Jorge Solis (40-2-2, 29 KO), isn't as huge of a task as Odlanier Solis had to undertake in trying to defeat the Ukrainian giant Vitali Klitschko, but the featherweight division is much deeper and being led by WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez (30-0, 27 KO).

Solis went 3-0 in 2010 with wins over Likar Ramos, Mario Santiago and Francisco Codero. His two losses came against Manny Pacquiao and Cristobal Cruz.

The March 26 fight, which will take place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, will be Gamboa's fifth appearance on HBO.

Also that day, WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog (17-0, 14 KO) will make his first appearance since handing Daniel Jacobs his first defeat on the undercard of the Juan Diaz vs. Juan Manuel Marquez PPV. Pirog became a quick candidate for 2010 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year when he knocked Jacobs out in the fifth round.

Pirog will be taking on Argentinian-born fighter Javier Francisco Maciel (18-1, 12 KO) in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Maciel was 4-0 in 2010, but has never fought outside Argentina.

With a victory, Pirog will look for future fights with top-five opponents in the middleweight division. He is currently ranked seventh in the division by Ring Magazine.

The 2004 amateur welterweight world champion, Erislandy Lara (15-0, 10 KO), will make an appearance on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights on Friday, March 25.

The Cuban southpaw fighter will take a step up in facing Carlos Molina (17-4, 5 KO) in the co-main event. The main event will be Yudel Johnson (9-0) vs. Richard Gutierrez (26-5).

Updates on the fights will be posted for each event, so be sure to check back during the weekend for all the latest results.