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On Friday, May 5, 2017, Yuriorkis Gamboa (26-1, 17 KOs) will take on Robinson Castellanos (23-12, 13 KOs) in a 10-round Lightweight fight at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Gamboa, 35, will make a quick return after his unanimous decision win against Rene Alvarado earlier in March. The native of Cuba will look to stay busy and look good as he seeks to make a case for a crack at a world title.
Gamvoa will take on Robinson Castellanos, a former Featherweight contender whose most recent claim to fame was a fifth-round TKO against Ronny Rios, who is now cracking the top-ten of the Featherweight rankings.
Also on the card are Abraham Lopez, Carlos Morales, Oscar Negrete and several Golden Boy prospects.
Join us right here as RBRBoxing‘s Peter Nieves provides updates from ringside.
Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Robinson Castellanos, 10 rounds, Lightweights
Robinson Castellanos (24-12, 14 KOs) got the win he’s been searching for over Cuban, Yuriorkis Gamboa (26-2, 17 KOs). The Guanajuato native made his presence felt at the end of round 3, dropping Gamboa with a tremendous hook. Gamboa would then go down once more at the start of the 4th round but somehow survived the onslaught of blows. Castellanos pressed forward and at the end of the 7th round, Gamboa remained in his stool and called it a night. “I felt super dizzy, and felt like I couldn’t go on,” said Gamboa. “We trained hard.” While many felt doors were closing for Castellanos, this win could keep him in the game for a few more opportunities. “I am super happy and excited to get such a big win,” said Castellanos. “I won against a revered Olympian, and this win puts my career back on track after my last fight. This win is the opportunity that I needed, and it’s because of the incredible team around me.”
Abraham Lopez vs. Jesus Rojas, 10 rounds, Featherweights
Tonights co-main event was filled with action. Abraham Lopez (22-1-1, 15 KOs) took on Jesus Rojas (24-1-2, 17 KOs) in an exciting 10 round bout for Lopez’s NABA Featherweight title. Lopez would see the floor a total of three times throughout the bout until referee Tony Weeks had seen enough in the 8th.“It’s tough to swallow, I’m still processing it, but it happens,” said Lopez. “After this, I know I’m going to go back to the drawing board and start training hard again.” Rojas, who’s known more for his ability to stalk his prey rather than box, landed some thudding hooks that would eventually take its toll on Lopez.“It’s going to be about three years since I’ve fought in the U.S.,” said Rojas. “This win is the opportunity to be on the global stage, and take on world champions. I promised my father that I would become a world champion, and even though he is not with me anymore I carry on our dream. I hope that by the end of the year, I am competing for an interim title or even a world championship.”
Yamaguchi Falcao vs. Morgan Fitch 10 rounds, Middleweights
Southpaw Brazilian, Yamaguchi Falcao (13-0, 6 KOs) opened the ESPN telecast with a dominating performance over the slightly more experienced Morgan Fitch (18-1-1, 8 KOs).“It’s been five months since I’ve been in the ring from my last fight. I had a lot of trouble adjusting and finding my rhythm, “It’s a journey, and I’m glad I got the win, but if I want to reach my goal of fighting the big time fighters I have to improve everywhere,” said Falcao. The brazilian dominated the action from the opening bell, and cruised to a unanimous decision victory.
Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs. Angel Sarinana, 4 rounds, Super Lightweights
Vergil Ortiz Jr. (5-0, 5 KOs) continued his perfect streak tonight, defeating Angel Sarinana (7-6, 3 KOs) via a TKO. Ortiz landed a vicious uppercut that dropped Sarinana in the third. Referee Jack Reis would give Sarinana a standing 8 count but eventually decided he had seen enough. The stoppage came with 1:44 left in the round.
Alexis Salazar vs. Evan Torres, 6 rounds, Super Middleweights
Alexis Salazar (15-3, 7 KOs) gets the split decision win tonight over Evan Torres (6-3, 5 KOs) in a hard fought 6 round bout. Both fighters had their moments respectively but in the end, the judges leaned towards Salazar. All three scorecards scored the bout 58-56 with two of them seeing it for Salazar.
Carlos Morales vs. Cesar Valenzuela, 8 rounds, Super Featherweights
Cesar Valenzuela falls to Carlos Morales via a unanimous decision. Morales improves to (16-1-3, 6 KO’s)
Horacio Garcia vs. Fernando Vargas, 8 rounds, Featherweights
Horacio Garcia gets the W over Fernando Vargas via a majority decision.
Oscar Negrete vs. Victor Ruiz, 8 rounds, Super Bantamweights
Oscar Negrete gets the unanimous decision nod in the final bout of the night. Improves to 16-0.