Gamboa-Rojas for WBA Interim 126 this Friday!
By Julio Thyme 31/03/2009
On April 17th, Yuriorkis “El Ciclon de Guantanamo” Gamboa (14-0, 12kos) has the big chance to become the first world champion for ARENA Box-Promotion. The 2004 Olympic gold medalist faces WBA # 3 Featherweight world ranked and former world contender Jose “Cheo” Rojas (25-6-1, 17 kos) for the WBA interim featherweight title at the “Star of the Desert Arena” at Primm Valley Casino Resorts in Primm, Nevada featured live on ShoBox: The Next Generation. “I am very proud and honoured to fight for my first world title”, says Gamboa. “This is what I turned professional for: to fight big fights and collect championship belts. I thank everybody for this opportunity. I will not underestimate Rojas but I will beat him”.
The fight will certainly be Gamboa’s toughest challenge so far. Rojas has gone the distance with WBA champion Chris John in March 2007 and also got a technical draw with John in his record when their fight in December 2004 had to be stopped after a head clash.
Gamboa and his team are already in training camp in Nevada for their final preparations.
“Everything is going according to plans” states trainer Ismael Salas. “We have great sparring partners. Yuri is very focused and very determined. He knows what he has to do and he will do it on April 17th.”