Yuriorkis Gamboa Eyes Orlando Salido, Not Celestino Caballero
A former a former 2004 Cuban Olympic gold medalist, Gamboa (18-0, 15 knockouts) was first scheduled to face Salido (34-10-2, 22 KOs) on July 24 before Salido sustained a cut during training and pulled out of their bout.
Rojas (22-1, 13 KOs) was then chosen over by Gamboa over Salido and WBA super bantamweight (122 pounds) king Celestino Caballero (34-2, 23 KOs).
"We've suggested a replacement for Rojas and HBO is considering it. It's another champion, Orlando Salido," said Arum. "Salido is a really big puncher and a fellow champion and that makes for a really good fight."
Caballero's promoter, Lou DiBella, told FanHouse recently that he would like to see his man, who stands 5-foot-11, get a shot at Gamboa.
"If Rojas is out, then Caballero is ready, willing and able. Bob Arum and Gamboa have been trying to avoid this fight. Now, the only fight left for him is a big fight with Caballero. So is he going to fight him? We know that Caballero is Gamboa's worst nightmare," said DiBella.
"So will the most explosive guy, Gamboa, fight the best man? There's no question that Gamboa has the most power at that weight, and Caballero is tall, can punch, can box, throws high volume. Caballero is a top 10, pound-for-pound fighter," said DiBella. "Caballero is the best fighter available, so does the fight get made or will Gamboa run for the hills. I would like for us to talk to HBO and make this fight happen."
But Arum said that because of Caballero's height, Gamboa would need more time to prepare for him.
"Not for this fight, because Caballero is so much bigger and taller than these other featherweights, that Gamboa would have to train specially for Caballero," said Arum. "And there's just not enough time for that."