Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios,Oxnard,Ca. holds a photo of Yuriorkis Gamboa,who was a no-show during the press conference Tuesday in Los Angeles. Photo by Chris Farina
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Former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios was in Miami, Florida on Monday at the Versailles Restaurant to kick-off press conference to announce his April 14 showdown with former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa in Las Vegas.
The only problem was that Gamboa was no-show. That was enough to piss off Rios who kept telling the media that Yuriorkis Gamboa was scared of him. In an exclusive interview by RingTv Gamboa’s attorney said the Cuban Olympic gold medalist won’t fight Rios unless he is “operating under terms that are satisfactory” regarding his contract with co-promoters Top Rank Inc. and Ahmet Oner.
Training in Floyd Mayweather gym in Las Vegas Gamboa says he wasn’t happy with the terms of the deal and that he has not signed a contract to face Rios.
“Whenever everything is clear with my contract, that’s when the fight will happen, but right now I’m not under the terms that I want the fight to happen,” Gamboa told RingTV.com.
Brandon Rios and Gamboa are schedule to meet in Los Angeles today the Millenium Biltmore Hotel, but Gamboa’s lawyer, Sekou Gary, said Gamboa won’t be there either.
Gamboa said he wants the fight as much as Rios does.
“I’m not scared of Brandon Rios. They all should know that. I have no problem fighting with him or any other boxer,” said Gamboa. “But the problem is with my promoters and how they’re doing their business with me. So it has nothing to do with Brandon Rios, but with the way that the business is being handled.”
The bout was announced three weeks ago to much fanfare, and tickets went on sale Friday. Top Rank president Todd duBoef described the initial sales for the fight, due to take place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, as “terrific” and “better than we expected.”
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