Yuriorkis Gamboa Vs. Jorge Solis on HBO's Boxing After Dark Saturday Night

Laz IzadaContributor IIIMarch 22, 2011

This Saturday night, HBO's Boxing After Dark along with Bob Arum's Top Rank, Arena Box and Caesars Atlantic City will present "Featherweight Fury," a triple-header of featherweight title matches taking place at Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.

The main event and co-main event of Yuriorkis Gamboa (19-0, 15 KOs) vs. Jorge Solis (40-2-2, 29 KOs) and Matt Remillard (23-0, 13 KOs) vs. Mikey Garcia (24-0, 20 KOs) will be televised on HBO Boxing After Dark starting at 9:45pm EST.

The third featherweight match-up that will not be televised will feature Jorge Diaz (15-0, 9 KOs) vs. Teon Kennedy (16-0-1, 7 KOs).

Cuban boxing sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa from Guantanamo, Cuba, now residing in Miami, Florida, will be defending his WBA Featherweight (126lbs) and IBF Featherweight (126lbs) titles against Interim WBA Super Featherweight (130lbs) champion Jorge Solis of Guadalajara, Mexico.

Mexican ring veteran of 44 bouts, Solis will be coming down in weight from super featherweight (130lbs) to featherweight (126lbs) to take on Gamboa of 19 pro fights.

Gamboa, 29, has over 250 amateur bouts under his belt and won a 2004 Olympic gold medal at flyweight (112lbs), will be tested by Solis, who had an amateur record of 33-3.

Since turning pro, Solis has 29 knockouts, a 64 percent ratio, in 40 victories.

Solis has more professional boxing experience—272 rounds boxed over Gamboa's 85 rounds as a pro.

Gamboa, who has a 79 percent knockout ratio (15 in 19 bouts), has landed on the canvas on four previous occasions: against Orlando Salido last September, Marcos Ramirez October 2008, Darling Jimenez May 2008 and Adailton De Jesus October 2007.

It will be interesting to see if the 31-year-old Solis can be the one to take down Gamboa and come out victorious, as others have not been able to do.

Solis has a lot of experience in tough matches, including an eight round KO defeat to Manny Pacquiao in 2007.

Solis, already in Atlantic City, has stated that him and his team have "analyzed Gamboa's strengths and weaknesses and plan to decrease his speed with blows to the body," thus reducing his hand speed.

Gamboa has been noted as having one of the quickest hands in the game.

Gamboa won't go down and out easily, as he has overcome a lot in life and boxing. In Cuba before defecting in 2007, he sold his Olympic gold medal in order to have a birthday party for his daughter.

A legend as an amateur boxer, Gamboa dreams, hopes and aspires of becoming equally as good and better as a professional boxer.

Gamboa also has a lot in stake against Solis; he must win in order to face a future showdown with Puerto Rican star Juan Manual Lopez (30-0, 27 KOs). Lopez will be defending his WBO featherweight title, on April 16 against Orlando Salido (34-11-1, 22 KOs).

This Saturday night for "Featherweight Fury" HBO Sports will have Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr. at ringside broadcasting. HBO Latino will also be broadcasting the event in Spanish.

Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $50, are available at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com