By Richard Eberline June 28th, 2014 All Boxing Previews
Omaha, Nebraska returns to the world title spotlight after four decades as favorite son Terrance Crawford put his WBO lightweight title at risk against Cuban legend Yuriorkis Gamboa this evening at CenturyLink Center.
For Crawford, 23-0 (16), this is the first time in his career that he's fighting in front of his hometown while Gamboa, 23-0 (16), will be making just his fourth appearance over the last three years.
After six years of mostly obscure matriculation, Crawford finally stepped into the limelight this past March, unseating WBO champ Ricky Burns in impressive fashion in front of a hostile Scottish audience.
For his efforts, the 26 year old is rewarded with a first defense against one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world, former Olympic Gold Medallist and WBA/IBF featherweight champ Gamboa.
A veteran of five world title bouts and three Interim world title contests, 32 year old Gamboa has much more experienced at top level, something that could pair with the pressure of fighting at home for the first time to make for a difficult night for Crawford.
But it will likely be the powerful combination of Gamboa's remarkable hand speed and lightning reflexes that gives Crawford the biggest headaches.
The champion has excellent skills but is rather mechanical and upright in comparison to the much shorter Gamboa, who fights with a fluidity that has proven very difficult for opponents to cope with. More...