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[KNOCKOUT NATION] Can Terence Crawford Break Yuriorkis Gamboa?


On March 1, WBO lightweight titlist Terence Crawford accomplished the biggest victory of his career. Ironically, it was an achievement that most U.S. audiences didn’t get a chance to see — sans HBO coverage, Crawford traveled to the UK and defeated long-time belt-holder (or belt-warmer, depending on your perspective) Ricky Burns. It was a move that most U.S. fighters, especially those being groomed by a major TV network, wouldn’t have taken. During his lightweight run, Adrien Broner balked at traveling overseas. But Crawford took a calculated risk that’s now paid off three months later in the form of a high-profile title match against the explosive, undefeated Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa.

On paper, you’d say Crawford holds several key advantages. He’s naturally bigger, having previously competed at 140 pounds and holds a five-inch reach advantage (70″ to 65″), which should help Crawford exploit Gamboa’s defensive lapses. Not to mention, Gamboa has looked flat-out bored in recent fights, resulting in him suffering knockdowns in all his recent fights.

With that said, Gamboa is still deadly in the two areas that can change a fight in an instant — speed and power.

Just one day before they complete the final pre-fight ritual of the weigh-in, Crawfords details Gamboa’s style, his future at lightweight, and navigating the politics of boxing.

Knockout Nation: This will be your first fight in your hometown since 2006. But we’ve seen fighters struggle to stay focused with all the distractions that come with that. How did you approach it?

Crawford: I made sure I didn’t train here. I just got back for the fight. This was an all-around camp – I didn’t feel I needed to focus on any particular area. We firmly believe we have all the tools to get the job done against Gamboa.

KO Nation: Was there any concern on the business side about taking this fight considering what happened with Gamboa’s fight with Mikey Garcia?

Crawford: Oh nah, there were no worries. I figure that everything happened for a reason and that situation opened the door for this fight. This was meant to happen.

KO Nation: What do you expect Gamboa’s strategy to be?

Crawford: I see him coming out trying to potshot me. But he can be wild and unpredictable so other than that I don’t know how he’s going to fight. I watch a little bit of my opponents – I’m not a fan of not knowing what you’re coming up against in the ring. But as far as studying every day, that’s not me.

Click here for the rest of this interview with Terence Crawford at KnockoutNation.com.

  • Killuminati

    NAHHH,,,,most fighters travel to europe to get a belt so they can get that high profile fight in the states…it aint no secret that fighters from europe are not used to the caliber of fighters from the states, or from south america (ricky hatton, amir khan, prince naseem etc to name a couple from europe)….we are a diff breed….so no i dont think this kid will beat gamboa

  • Do you mofos proof read? Gamboa. How do you misspell the name in the headline and spell it right through the editorial? smfh

  • DLOUPO

    I could care less

  • H.B.

    He got knocked down three times in his career and the last one was ruled a slip so what are you talking about? So he got knocked down twice by opponents, ok. He won all his fights with a unanimous victories. Give us history on the other fighter, besides the fact that he isn’t as boring as Gamboa. Your writing sucks balls and we can tell your biased.

    • Killuminati

      truuuu

  • IROC

    Anybody can win in boxing if its your night that one punch can change things around

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  • GP

    CRAWFORD WON THIS NIGGA HAD WEEBIE IN THE RING ACTING A PURE FOOL

    • Mac Ness

      Webbie almost got thrown out the ring trying to give Crawford’s post fight interview and shit lol and why’d that nigga have no shirt on after the fight lol I was bustin up laughin cuz that nigga Webbie was actin like he’s a promoter to get shut down by security, 50 cent was there for Gamboa so I bet Webbie was tryin to really show out in front of 50…..

      • GP

        you right, I saw trill tatted I was like hold up is that webbie then I saw the savage life on the stomach I was like hold up this dude trill for real my man on showtime thuggin like he on da block, I wonder how 50 felt to see gamboa get turned into gumbo. that was a good fight but gamboa was getting broke of by them combos Crawford was hittin him with. esp the upper cut. sheeeesh, that made me shake, lol.

      • Mac Ness

        Fo real that’s when hood niggas get some real shine, Crawford’s mom and sister where goin off the whole fight in the first few rounds before the stance switch you can hear Crawford’s mom yelling change stance change stance, getting emails baby! His family had me on my feet waiting for that knock out! Gamboa first knock down were he was acting like he slipped was funny

  • Crawford Vs. Burns

    /watch?v=ePYkedH5njk

  • Mac Ness

    Terrence Crawford murdered Gamboa I watched it live that was the shit! Crawford’s a real boxer(fan since b4 he cut his hair) he has went head on against all the guys in front of him not like Floyd where he goes after a ageing Oscar de la hoya same thing he’s waiting for with manny

    Now on to floyd, Mayweather scared of Manny!!! He knows he’d lose that fight, ain’t nothing like a scary ass dude we all seen dat T.I. caught him without the block lol Mayweather a bitch why you think he stay tryin to beef with rappers like 50,T.I.,Nelly he stay in drama more then them bitchs on love and hip hop

    tGamboa during that fight reminded me of Mike Tyson after prision he hasn’t fought in 2 years and looked lost