Robert Garcia: Rios-Gamboa Would Be a Great Matchup

By Ryan Maquiñana

Robert Garcia, the reigning Trainer of the Year and cornerman of former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios, stopped short of saying a deal between his fighter and Yuriorkis Gamboa was complete, but did not rule it out, either.“Obviously that would be a great fight for Brandon and a great matchup,” Garcia told BoxingScene.com.“Gamboa’s an exciting fighter and so is Brandon, and we would love that fight.”Rios (29-0-1, 22 KOs), out of Oxnard, Calif., is coming off an 11th-round stoppage of Englishman John Murray last month where he was stripped of his title after coming in over the 135-pound limit.Since that fight, Rios has employed Cecilio Flores, the nutritionist of middleweight boss Sergio Martinez, to help keep him in shape.Meanwhile, Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs), a Miami-based Cuban who was once the unified featherweight champion, took an eight-round technical decision over Mexico’s Daniel Ponce de Leon last September.“To be honest, though, I haven’t heard anything yet about it being a done deal,” Garcia added.“[Rios’ manager] Cameron [Dunkin] hasn’t told me anything yet, but I’m sure it’s being talked about right now.”Ryan Maquiñana writes a weekly column for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (CSNBayArea.com). He’s also a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazine’s Ratings Advisory Panel. E-mail him at rmaquinana@gmail.com, check out his blog at www.maqdown.com, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.Tags: Robert Garcia , Brandon Rios , Yuriorkis Gamboa


1/29/2012

 
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