No other career has been as puzzling as that of Yuriorkis Gamboa but Gervonta Davis is trying to give him a run for his money through his young career. Davis is set to defend his WBA strap on July 27th in a hometown defense in Baltimore at the Royal Farms Arena and to be aired on Showtime. The name that keeps getting thrown around is former world champion, Yuriorkis Gamboa of Cuba. Gamboa is a former multi-division world champ and has looked ok since bouncing back from a loss to Robinson Robinson Castellanos back in 2017. Gamboa has run off three mediocre wins since including his most recent a 10 round UD over Miguel Beltran Jr. Gamboa would be a sizeable underdog but is probably the best opponent Davis has fought since winning his title against Jose Pedraza nearly two and a half years ago.
Former undefeated, unified Bantamweight champ Ryan Burnett is set to make his ring return, in Belfast at the Ulster Hall on May 17th. Burnett was in our top 10 pounds for pound rankings prior to his set back in his last fight against former multi-division champ Nonito Donaire back in November. Burnett didn’t just give up his undefeated record but also his WBA title. Burnett retired after the fourth round not because he was suffering damage in the ring but because he injured his back during the fight and was unable to continue. Of the homecoming fight and return to the ring, Burnett stated “I want to be world champion again. Nothing else matters. This is a significant step in that campaign and I’m delighted it’s taking place in my home city.” The former champ will battle Jelbirt Gomera a rugged Filipino veteran who has dropped four of his last six fights.
Weslaco, Texas Native Brandon Figuerora has been best known for being the younger brother of former lightweight champ Omar Figueroa. He has had a rapid rise through the 122-pound division and has now put himself into position to fight for a WBA interim belt this weekend against Yonfrez Parejo. Figueroa has gone from relative obscurity to one of the hottest prospects and now a contender in rapid succession. In about a five-month span the Texan knocked out an unbeaten prospect in one round and then knocked out a former world champ and then another world title contender has put him in position for this shot. Figueroa says his recent success has elevated himself out of his brother’s shadow and he is his own superstar. Figueroa added “I don’t mind being talked about with my brother at all, but I think I’ve proven I’m more than Omar’s little brother. I’m proud of what we’ve both accomplished and the legacy we’re creating in Weslaco and the boxing world.” and went on to add his lofty goals saying. “The plan would eventually be to move up and continue to challenge myself at featherweight and even beyond that. I want to reach the top of several divisions. But that’s for the future, and I can’t look past April 20.”