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50 Cent, Yuriorkis Gamboa Should Forget Adrien Broner, Wait for Nonito Donaire

Gamboa, left, beating up Farenas, right.
Gamboa, left, beating up Farenas, right.Al Bello/Getty Images
Justin TateCorrespondent IMarch 26, 2013

50 Cent's most prized asset in his venture as a boxing promoter is Yuriorkis Gamboa, hence his recent search for a big money superfight. That super fight was supposed to be against Adrien Broner.

Broner has recently declared himself a welterweight and will move up two divisions to face Paulie Malignaggi in June.

Since Gamboa is way too short to be a welterweight at a whopping 5'5", it's best he stay at super featherweight as there's another superfight coming his way in the form of Nonito Donaire.

Donaire is currently finishing his reign at junior featherweight by facing Guillermo Rigondeaux on April 13. Should Donaire emerge victorious, he has stated to Boxing Scene that he will move up to featherweight.

That's one division below Gamboa, and unlike the plentiful list of contenders at junior featherweight that Donaire chewed through in almost one year, the featherweight division is barren.

After subtracting friendships (WBO champ Mikey Garcia) and victims of boxing politics (Abner Mares and Daniel Ponce De Leon), longtime WBA champ Chris John is the only option left.

Though Chris John hasn't flown to fight in the U.S. in years, he has shown a willingness to fight outside his home country of Indonesia in neighboring countries as far as Singapore or even Australia.

With Donaire's promoter Top Rank holding a fight card on April 6 in Macau, China, they're clearly trying to get into the Asian market, hence a John vs. Donaire card in August is quite possible and even likely.

With that said, Gamboa is the mandatory challenger to WBA super featherweight champ Takashi Uchiyama. Uchiyama may be a tough opponent, but he's never faced anyone as fast or elite as Gamboa.

Uchiyama fights again in May, but Gamboa can face him in the fall or maybe even on the same card as John vs. Donaire later in the year just to hype an eventual showdown with the winner.

Gamboa's promoter 50 Cent has a good working relationship with Top Rank, as exemplified by Gamboa's last fight being on the Pacquiao vs. Marquez IV undercard.

Donaire is a fighter who is making his career by racking up championships in steadily higher and higher weight classes.

If 50 Cent and Gamboa are patient, they'll win Uchiyama's belt and cash in on the moment when Donaire moves up to a weight that's higher than he can handle.

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