Gamboa to take on Castellanos on May 5


Yuriorkis Gamboa, who has had four layoffs of a year or more because of promotional issues or turning down fights, will fight for the second time in two months on May 5.

Gamboa, a former unified featherweight world titleholder, will take on Robinson Castellanos in the scheduled 10-round lightweight main event of the Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Golden Boy Promotions announced Friday.

The card will air live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes beginning at 8 p.m. ET, with additional undercard bouts airing live on ESPN Deportes and streaming on ESPN3 beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

The card will take place the night before the much-anticipated all-Mexican showdown between Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Cinco de Mayo weekend.

Although Alvarez and Chavez will fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, they will weigh in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, with the ESPN card taking place there a couple of hours later.

Miami’s Gamboa (26-1, 17 KOs), a 2004 Olympic gold medalist from Cuba who defected, signed with Golden Boy in January and returned from a 15-month layoff on March 11 to easily outpoint journeyman Rene Alvarado over 10 rounds.

Now Gamboa, 35, is taking on Castellanos (23-12, 13 KOs), 34, of Mexico, who will be ending his own 14-month layoff. He has not boxed since being knocked out in the seventh round by Oscar Escandon in an interim featherweight title fight.

There are also two other 10-round fights scheduled for the telecast. In the co-feature, featherweight Abraham Lopez (22-0-1, 15 KOs), 29, of La Puente, California, will face Jesus Rojas (24-1-2, 17 KOs), 30, of Puerto Rico, who is unbeaten since 2008.

Opening the card, Yamaguchi Falcao (12-0, 6 KOs), 29, who claimed a bronze medal for Brazil in the 2012 Olympics, will face Morgan Fitch (18-0-1, 8 KOs), 34, of Pittsburgh, in a middleweight fight.


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