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Brandon Rios vs Yuriorkis Gamboa: Fight Is Official For April 14

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Brandon Rios will fight one more time at lightweight against Yuriorkis Gamboa on April 14. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Brandon Rios will fight one more time at lightweight against Yuriorkis Gamboa on April 14. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The rumor winds were correct: Brandon Rios will face Yuriorkis Gamboa on April 14 on HBO, from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. This is from Rios' official Facebook page:

Boxing fans I would like to officially announce my next fight! April 14, 2012, Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa at 135lb. Team Rios thanks for always showing me love and support. I love this sport and all the support is what drives me to train harder! Here we go Team Rios! Countdown to April 14th has begun!

As we said earlier, this is the ultimate style clash of skilled boxer vs determined brawler, both exceptional at what they do, and both in their primes and still rising as star fighters. This is a fight fan's dream matchup.

Rios (29-0-1, 22 KO) had a big 2011, winning fights over Miguel Acosta, Urbano Antillon, and John Murray. Each fight featured spectacular, brutal action, and Rios stopped every one of his foes.

Gamboa (21-0, 16 KO) won a pair of fights last year, decimating Jorge Solis in March, and pretty easily beating Daniel Ponce De Leon in September. He made a lot of challenges -- including one to Manny Pacquiao -- and is now putting his money where his mouth is, moving up two weight classes for a big-time fight against Rios.

Rios says that this will be his final fight at 135 pounds, after which he'll move up to 140. He missed weight despite a desperate attempt in December against Murray, and though they've brought in a nutritionist to help him work on his training and his habits, the move was inevitable.

Katy, bar the door. Rios vs Gamboa is real.