Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Former WBO junior featherweight champion Daniel Ponce de Leon (41-3, 34 KOs) of Mexico if finishing up final preparations at the Maywood Boxing Club in Maywood, California as he is scheduled to face former WBA featherweight champion ‘El Ciclon de Guantanamo’ Yuriorkis Gamboa (20-0, 16 KOs) of Cuba on Saturday September 10th on the latest installment of HBO’s ‘Boxing After Dark’ live from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey which is being presented by Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions.
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“Gamboa is probably going to be one of the toughest fighters I’ve ever faced but we’ve put a lot of work in the gym, we have a great strategy and we know how to win and that’s what we’re going to do September 10.” said Ponce de Leon.
In his last outing, Ponce de Leon lost a controversial 10-round unanimous decision to Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner (21-0, 17 KOs) this past March at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. “Everyone that saw the fight knows that I won, I know I won, he knows I won and I have no problems fighting him again.” said Ponce de Leon.
Also in action that night will be super featherweight Luis ‘El Artesano’ Cruz (18-0, 14 KOs) taking on Antonio ‘T-Rex’ Davis (28-6, 13 KOs) and welterweight Wale Omotoso (18-0, 16 KOs) facing Calvin Odom (15-10, 11 KOs), as well as super bantamweight Jorge Diaz (15-1, 9 KOs) and light heavyweight Anthony Smith (11-0, 9 KOs) in separate bouts, among others.