Tim Bradley: A giant leap for Yuriorkis Gamboa

Bob Arum has given nothing away at recent interviews regarding a next opponent for Manny Pacquaio conqueror Timothy Bradley, with the Californian linked to a catchweight contest against undefeated super-featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa on March 16.

It’s no secret that the Cuban has been ready to move up the weights for a while now, although a prospective 13lb-15lb jump to face Bradley for his WBO welterweight title seems a little hasty a move by the former Olympic gold medallist.

The 31 year-old was always tight at 126, even losing world titles on the scales and regularly comes in many pounds above his weight limit on fight nights. Gamboa cut a huge figure in his first bout at 130lbs against Michael Farenas in December, although his victory was not as straightforward as the scorecards suggested.

Gamboa’s performance that night would be the concern for a massive leap up the weights, as El Ciclon looked too easy to hit and for me and may want to take his next step no further than the lightweight limit for the time being and avoid facing Bradley, who was a big light-welterweight before moving up.

The fight is undeniably exciting though and would certainly catch the attention of the fans and media alike as Bradley prepares to return from his controversial split decision victory over Pacquiao in June of last year.

Opponents for ‘Desert Storm’ have been somewhat hard to find, so for the two-weight champion to now be linked with a marquee name like Gamboa, it will keep Bradley, 29, in the thoughts of some of the bigger names at his own limit of 147lbs.