Top Rank Promotions had an all-Hispanic guaranteed action-packed featherweight (126 lbs) superfight between two of its own fighters, the still undefeated Yuriorkis Gamboa (20-0, 16 KO's) and the recently defeated Juan Manuel Lopez (30-1, 27 KO's).
Rarely do you see one boxing promoter with two fighters it can pit against each other for an instant classic in high demand. Top Rank had that, but wanted to "let the fight build" by keeping the fighters apart to increase demand.
Well, now that one fighter has lost via eighth-round stoppage to Mexican veteran Orlando Salido (35-11-2, 23 KO's), the mystique of two undefeated fighters engaging in war for featherweight supremacy is all but lost.
Or is it?
Gamboa has options as to where his next big fight can come from. He may have to wait on a fighter to move up to his weight or he may have to move up in weight.
Either way, a superfight for Gamboa is not that far away. In fact, I've listed the top seven biggest fights within two weight classes of Gamboa.