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Miguel Vazquez calls out Yuriorkis Gamboa

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Miguel Vazquez wants to fight Yuriorkis Gamboa, but can that fight be made given the players?

Al Bello

IBF lightweight titlist Miguel Vazquez wants a fight with Yuriorkis Gamboa, which could be about the only way he'll get back on HBO any time soon:

"I want Yuriorkis Gamboa to know once and for all who the best lightweight is in the world. I've challenged him to fight me. He says that no one wants the face him, and I've said the same [about myself], and hopefully now he will respond to my challenge. Gamboa, I respect him as a fighter, as champion, but I want us to fight. I challenge Gamboa to accept my challenge, and if he accepts I'm going to beat him."

Vazquez (33-3, 13 KO) is nobody's favorite fighter, but there's no denying that he's pretty effective with his style, and that he could be a major issue for Gamboa (23-0, 16 KO), who struggled a bit against Darleys Perez at lightweight in his last bout on June 8. Gamboa, 31, is also in a tough spot where he's promoted by 50 Cent, who has had to piggyback his last two bouts on cards promoted by Top Rank and Gary Shaw/Yvon Michel.

Vazquez-Gamboa would almost certainly have to find a co-feature home on an HBO card, too, because that's just not a fight that's going to sell tickets as a main event, and HBO could be very reluctant to approve it as a main event, given Vazquez's reputation for serious boredom, even handicapping for how much they have historically loved Gamboa, allowing him in the past to headline shows against the likes of Jorge Solis and a then-lightly regarded Orlando Salido.

Is this a fight you'd want to see? Also, someone should tell Vazquez that "many" consider Terence Crawford to be the best lightweight in the world.