Notes: Golden Boy eyes Gamboa or Mirua rematch for Vargas

Former unified featherweight titleholder Yuriorkis Gamboa is being considered as an opponent for all-action junior lightweight titlist Francisco Vargas. Courtesy Rey Sanchez

After a two-week break for the holidays, the folks at Golden Boy Promotions are back in the office and busy planning quite a few fights and events beyond what's in store for middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez on May 7.

• Golden Boy vice president Eric Gomez told ESPN.com that he is trying to make a fight for junior lightweight titlist Francisco Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) against former unified featherweight titleholder Yuriorkis Gamboa (25-1, 17 KOs) in a match that would have action written all over it.

"We’ve mentioned it to 50 Cent [Gamboa promoter Curtis Jackson] and it's a fight we'd like to make," Gomez said.

Gamboa, who has been fighting as a lightweight but says he can go down to 130 pounds, came off a 13-month layoff on Dec. 19 to score a solid and entertaining points win against Hylon Williams.

But Gomez also said there is a possibility of a rematch with Takashi Miura, whom Vargas won the 130-pound belt from in the epic 2015 ESPN.com fight of the year on Nov. 21 on the Miguel Cotto-Canelo Alvarez undercard. Vargas rallied for an unforgettable ninth-round knockout in as dramatic a conclusion to a fight there has been in years.

"It was a great fight and we'd also be interested in doing a rematch if HBO is interested," Gomez said. "Vargas can be ready to go as early as March. He wants big fights and he wants to be on HBO."

Gomez also said Vargas could appear on May 7 on Alvarez's next undercard. He also said they would be interested in a unification fight with Rocky Martinez.

"There are good possibilities out there for Vargas," Gomez said.

• There is a purse bid scheduled for Friday to determine the promoter for the fight between Golden Boy-promoted lightweight titleholder Jorge Linares (40-3, 27 KOs), who will be making his third defense, and mandatory challenger Dejan Zlaticanin (21-0, 14 KOs), who is promoted by Lou DiBella. Gomez and DiBella told ESPN.com that they are talking and hope to make a deal. Gomez said he is also talking to HBO in the hopes of securing a date for what figures to be a very good fight between aggressive, crowd-pleasers. Linares' 10th-round knockout of Kevin Mitchell in England in May was a sensational fight of the year candidate. Zlaticanin was very impressive in his last fight, which was in June, when he bombed out Ivan Redkach in a fourth-round knockout victory for an upset to become the mandatory challenger.

• Gomez said he is also still working on a rematch between Golden Boy fighter Mauricio Herrera (22-5, 7 KOs) and Ruslan Provodnikov (25-4, 18 KOs), who is with Artie Pelullo. They have been talking since before the holidays. In 2011, Herrera won a close 12-round decision against then-undefeated Ruslan Provodnikov, who later won and lost a junior welterweight world title.

"I spoke to Artie [on Monday] and it's a fight both fighters are willing to do," Gomez said. "Artie is supposed to meet with [HBO Sports executive vice president] Peter [Nelson] this week to discuss the fight for the early spring."

• Gomez said that a fight between Sadam Ali (22-0, 13 KOs) and Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KOs), which would be for a soon-to-be-vacant junior welterweight belt, could be paired with former middleweight titleholder David Lemieux (34-3, 31 KOs), who is owed a fight by HBO following his October loss title loss to Gennady Golovkin. The card could be as soon as March, although if it takes place then it would not be in Montreal, Lemieux's hometown.