By Jeff Sorby: Promoter 50 Cent hasn’t given up the idea of wanting to match his fighter interim WBA World super featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (22-0, 16 KO’s) with WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) next year, as he plans on moving Gamboa up to lightweight to see if he can get him the bigger names like Broner and other top fighters.
Speaking at Gamboa’s press conference last Saturday night following his grueling 12 round decision win over Michael Farenas, 50 Cent said “We’re looking forward to moving up and fighting some more exciting fighters in the 135 pound weight class like Adrien Broner. We’re all a big fan of the new talent that’s emerging, so I won’t be shy to say that I’m a fan of Adrien Broner.”
This would be a great fight for Broner because there really isn’t much to choose from at lightweight to be honest. The only guys left at that weight class are Ricky Burns and Miguel Vazquez, and neither of them is well known among the casual boxing fans in the United States. Those aren’t big fights for Broner, and he’s much better off passing on those fights and looking to face Gamboa if 50 Cent is serious.
It’s unclear whether 50 Cent wants a Broner fight for Gamboa now or if he wants to wait for Gamboa to get a couple of more fights under his belt at super featherweight. He just moved up in weight to super featherweight for the Farenas fight and that turned out to be a really tough fight for Gamboa because he was knocked down once, and he looked tired at times with his inability to fight hard at all times.
Broner would be a difficult match-up for Gamboa, because of his size, power and his nonstop work rate. Gamboa would be forced to work for three of minutes of every round, and he didn’t show a lot of power at super featherweight against Farenas. I can’t imagine Gamboa being any more powerful in moving up to lightweight. I think he’d be just an arm puncher at that weight, and if he can’t work hard for more than a 1 minutes without taking breaks than he’ll lose badly to Broner. Gamboa’s chin would be a huge question mark going into a Broner fight. How would it stand up to being hit by a big puncher like Broner for 12 rounds?