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Pacquiao vs Marquez IV: Yuriorkis Gamboa likely to fight on undercard

Yuriorkis Gamboa looks like he's back with Top Rank, and will likely be on the Pacquiao-Marquez undercard on December 8.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Steve Kim reports this evening that Yuriorkis Gamboa will likely be fighting on the Pacquiao-Marquez IV undercard on December 8, meaning that it appears Gamboa and Top Rank will once again be working together.

Gamboa (21-0, 16 KO) hasn't fought since beating Daniel Ponce De Leon in September 2011. He was set to move up to lightweight in April to face Brandon Rios, but suddenly bailed on the fight by not showing up for the first press conference in Miami. He then found himself in a court battle with Top Rank, which was eventually settled, with Gamboa going to 50 Cent's non-lived TMT Promotions.

With TMT dead, Gamboa's discussed November 17 fight with Juan Carlos Salgado fell apart, and left him with nothing to do, no promoter, and no fight. It seems that's enough to get him back to Top Rank, the promoter that got him HBO main events despite his rather notable lack of fan base outside of diehard boxing supporters.

The good news is this means the exciting Gamboa will be back in the ring soon, if it pans out. He needs to fight, and this is a way to do that. It will also put him on one of the year's most-watched cards, and that's not a bad thing, either.

It's probable that Gamboa will be moving up to 130 pounds for the fight, as was the plan when he was going to face Salgado for a world title.


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