By Dan Ambrose: One of the reasons why WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (24-0, 17 KO’s) felt assured of victory going into last night’s fight against 5’5 ½” Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-1, 16 KOs) was because he saw him as someone who was little more than a pumped up featherweight who had moved up in weight to the lightweight division, but who really belonged still at featherweight.
Crawford, 5’8”, outweighed Gamboa on the night of the fight 152 to 145, and had a long reach advantage of 5” inches. It was no wonder that with all of the things in his favor that Crawford was going to come out ahead when the two of them went at it last night at the CenturyLink Center, in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. Crawford used his size to stop Gamboa in the 9th round after putting him down 4 times in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs) bagged the biggest win of his career in defeating former IBF/WBA featherweight title holder Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-1, 16 KOs) by a 9th round stoppage last night in front of a huge crowd of Crawford supporters at the CenturyLink Center, in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
The victory has many boxing fans wanting to know if the 26-year-old Crawford will be moving up in weight to 140 to possibly challenge Manny Pacquiao – who is promoted by the same promotional company Top Rank – Chris Algieri, Ruslan Provodnikov, Danny Garcia, Lucas Matthysse, Juan Manuel Marquez, Mike Alvarado or Brandon Rios. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gareth Steven Mills: It seems like an absolute lifetime ago that the heavyweight division was the forefront and the flagship of boxing. The nights of glitz and glamour in the Las Vagas casinos are well and truly in the past and have been replaced by a soggy wet night in Munich.
Today paints a different picture for the current generation of heavyweights. With not as much interest in the division, the majority of fans are now drawn to the lighter and middleweight divisions as many believe they are far more exciting and much more competitive. No longer do young wanna-be boxers answer the question of “what do you want to be?” With “I want to be the heavyweight champion of the world.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: HBO will be showing a replay of the clash between WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (24-0, 17 KO’s) and challenger Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-1, 17 KO’s) this Sunday at 8:45 am ET/PT. Crawford gave an impressive performance in knocking out 2004 Olympic gold medalist Gamboa in a fight that could wind up being the Fight of the Year.
Both fighters were hurt I the fight, and Gamboa was put down on the canvas 4 times in the course of the 9 rounds of action. Crawford, 26, finally put an end to matters in the 9th round by knocking Gamboa down two time to get the stoppage at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. This was by far the biggest win of Crawford’s still young 6-year pro career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (24-0, 17 KO’s) was in the mood to gloat about his win at the post-fight press conference on Saturday night after knocking challenger Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-1, 16 KO’s) in the 9th round at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
Crawford said after the fight at the post-fight press conference, “We train extremely hard. I was ready for anything he was gonna bring. I commend Gamboa. But I was destined to win. I told him, ‘You shouldn’t have taken this fight.’”
You couldn’t blame Gamboa for taking the fight because he had tried to get a fight against Mikey Garcia at super featherweight, but Top Rank couldn’t make that fight. So instead of letting Gamboa fight Mikey, and possibly beat him, they let Gamboa fight the bigger Crawford, who is more like a light welterweight than a lightweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former IBF/WBA featherweight champion Yuriokis Gamboa (23-1, 16 KO’s) suffered a huge blow to his career in losing tonight to WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (24-0, 17 KO’s) in his first defense of his WBO 135 pound title at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
Gamboa came into the fight needing a big win to keep his career afloat after having done nothing for the last year. But it was Crawford who came out on top in the fight knocking the Cuban down 4 times in getting a knockout in the 9th round. Gamboa got to his feet after getting planted by a right uppercut, but there was no way that referee Genaro Hernandez was going to allow Gamboa to continue fighting. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: A star was born tonight with WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (24-0, 17 KO’s) beating the best fighter in the lightweight division in Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-1, 16 KO’s) by a 9th round knockout in front of a crowd of 10,843 fans at the CenturyLink Center, in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
Crawford showed that he could do it all in displaying both power and boxing skills in knocking Gamboa down 4 times before the fight was stopped in the 9th. With his win, Crawford will now be going up to the light welterweight division to try his hand in that weight class. Top Rank commentator Larry Merchant says that he wants to see Crawford vs. Manny Pacquiao at 140, according to Steve Kim. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: In a tougher than expected win, WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (24-0, 17 KO’s) survived being buzzed in the 9th round to come back and stop former IBF/WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-1, 16 KO’s) on Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center, in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. Crawford knocked Gamboa down 4 times in the fight with 2 of the knockdowns occurring in the 9th. Gamboa was also down in the 5th and 8th rounds.
Gamboa dominated the action in the first 4 rounds by landing the better shots while making Crawford miss, but in the 5th, Crawford caught Gamboa with a big left hook to the head. He followed it up with another left to knock Gamboa down. In the 6th, Gamboa came back to dominate the action. But in the 8th, Crawford knocked Gamboa down with a right hand to the head. Near the end of the round, Crawford staggered Gamboa. Read the rest of this entry »
By DA: Well, boxing family we’re roughly 2 weeks away from seeing the most anticipated boxing card of this year so far, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) vs Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) on July 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. I’ve been seeing some great debates on how Lara will or how Canelo will win, and it just makes me wish the fight was tomorrow.
Like me, I’m sure there are tons of fans ready for this fight and I often get so caught up with the main event, I forget about the great undercard it has. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Most of the boxing world is picking the bigger, younger and more defensive WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (23-0, 16 KO’s) to successfully defend his title tonight against the shorter, older and more experience Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-0, 16 KO’s) at the CenturyLink Center, in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
But we might see an upset with Gamboa getting the better of Crawford on the inside with quick combinations and hard power shots. Gamboa has had months to get ready for this fight, and he’s obviously had an earful about how he needs to increase his work rate to defeat the counter punching Crawford. Read the rest of this entry »