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 »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KO’s) isn’t spilling his guts about his plan for whipping his #1 IBF challenger Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KO’s) in their fight in September, but he is saying that Brook has big problems when he’s not able to fight at a distance the way he likes to.
Brook doesn’t have long arms, but he prefers to fight at the full distance so that he can get the maximum leverage on his shots. He’s not learned how to fight on the inside during the 10 years as a pro, and this is going to be a new experience for him when he faces Porter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: The four fighters that beat Oscar before Floyd beat him (Bernard Hopkins; Shane Mosley’s 2x; Felix Trinidad), for whatever reason, they didn’t become “the man to beat”. But Floyd Mayweather has become “the man to beat”.
I will say that the business has changed since the days of Oscar De La (who is currently number one in pay per view sales), but Floyd has transcended the sport as far as pay days and big fights go. But since Floyd defeated De La Hoya, the haters have latched this Catch 22 on Floyd. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) says that he wants to give his opponent Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) a beating similar to the one that boxing great Felix Trinidad gave to a then prime Oscar De La Hoya in their fight in September of 1999.
De La Hoya fought well for the first 6 rounds, and then took his foot off the accelerator in the second half of the fight. This enabled Trinidad to come back and give him a minor beating en route to winning a 12 round majority decision. Read the rest of this entry »