Boxing: Top Rank-Golden Boy Feud Finally over as Gamboa Will Face Ponce De Leon

Henry Martin@KFZ001Senior Analyst IJuly 8, 2011

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - MARCH 26: Yuriorkis Gamboa punches Jorge Solis during their IBF WBA World Featherweight title bout during Top Rank's 'Featherweight Fury' on March 26, 2011 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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Could the feud between Golden Boy and Top Rank finally be over?

According to ESPN, it could very well be.

With the latest fight being made between Yuriorkis Gamboa (20-0 16 KO) and Daniel Ponce de Leon  (41-3 34 KO), the two companies have finally buried the hatchet.

This marks the first time in over two years that the companies would have worked together and made a fight. The last time the promotional giants made a fight together was when Manny Pacquiao fought Ricky Hatton for the junior welterweight title back in 2009.

After Pacquiao filed his defamation lawsuit against Floyd Mayweather and Golden Boy, things took a turn for the worse as both companies refused to make a fight with each other.

This led to fights not being made between the promotional companies, setting up in-house fights and robbing boxing fans of fights that they want watch.

After Oscar De La Hoya apologized to Pacquiao and the settlement of the defamation lawsuit, there was no longer a reason why the two companies couldn't work together.

Richard Schaeffer, Golden Boy CEO, said a few days ago:

"We did agree on the financial terms and the deal structure with Top Rank. The ball is in Top Rank's court. But it looks like that fight is going to happen."

Now that the two promotional companies are back to working together, boxing fans will finally be able to get better fights out of the two.

As for the two fighters, it appears to be a mismatch in favor of Gamboa, but as we have witnessed before this year anything can happen. Ponce de Leon is a hard hitter and Salido gave Gamboa troubles in their fight by knocking him down in their fight.

Ponce de Leon will be another common opponent between Gamboa and Juan Manuel Lopez. Orlando Salido is a common opponent between the two; he holds a victory over Lopez and a loss from Gamboa.  

Ponce de Leon faced Lopez three years ago and was TKO'd in the first round by the faster Lopez. He has shown he has problems with fighters with good hand speed, and Gamboa will have too much for de Leon to handle.

Gamboa is coming off of a dominating victory over Jorge Solis, who he knocked out in the fourth round.

Ponce de Leon is coming off of a controversial loss to Adrian Broner; many felt he won.

The two fighters will face each other Sept. 10 on HBO.