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Gamboa Says Rust Will Not Be An Issue Versus Crawford

BY Michael Woods ON June 03, 2014
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Getting lost in the various shuffles, including the Saturday Sergio Martinez-Miguel Cotto NYC clash, and the Golden Boy divorce battle, is the June 28 lightweight showdown between Terence Crawford (23-0) and Yuriorkis Gamboa (also 23-0).

The Cuban was on a short list a couple years back as someone who could maybe pick up some market share, of popularity, and money, moving forward as some of the games' stars age out. His momentum stalled, with inactivity, some legal issues, some promotional issues...So there is not a small amount of interest to see if the 32-year-old Florida resident can shed rust, and get a W over a foe who might well be the best man he has stepped in with since turning pro.

This bout, promoted by Top Rank and 50 Cent, and unfolding in Crawford-ville, Nebraska, will screen on HBO.

I asked Gamboa for a camp update.

"I am working hard, as usual," he said. "I am preparing myself for Crawford's long reach, his only weapon against me."

So...hand speed. Power. Movement. Are yours better than his in all three areas?

"No. I am not saying that. All I am saying is that his reach is something that I have to be aware of and I am working on it. Speed, movement, he is excellent on those. I am not so bad myself! I can prepare myself to deal with everything. I cannot give myself longer arms. That is why I am working hard on that subject."

And does he think Crawford is the best he has faced as a pro?

"Well, there comes a time in every boxers' life when you have to fight the best. I am ready to fight him. No excuses. It will be me or him. I cannot accuse other fighters of ducking me if I duck someone else."

And will rust be an issue, being that you haven't fought in over a year?

"No rust whatsoever. I am ready to bring it. "

So...age hasn't affected your hand speed or agility?

"You will find out June 28!"

More than fair enough....Readers, what say you? Can Gamboa reset his career, show off that superlative talent which tantalized us a few years back?

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stormcentre says:

This fight is flying somewhat under the radar. On paper, its a solid matchup.

Ring rust may play a factor against Gamboa. A bigger factor though are the constant mistakes Gamboa makes in the ring. A fighter like Crawford may finally expose those mistakes.

More or less, Gamboa thus far in his pro career has gotten by on athletic ability alone. Don't get me wrong, he is athletically very gifted. I remember seeing him fight years ago thinking once he got refined would be a pound for pound stud in the sport.

The problem, he never got refined. To further problems, his career has been horribly mismanaged since he backed out of the Rios fight three years ago.

Gamboa can't walk around with his hands down against Crawford trying to bait Crawford to lead. Crawford will pot shot and get out, he's too slick.

Gamboa won't be able to walk Crawford down either like he has other opponents. Again, Crawford is too slick. In addition, Gamboa has never learned how to cut off the ring (watch some of his tapes including last fight against Perez). Again, big problem against Crawford.

I think Gamboa's problem has been things have always gone his way as a pro too much. Yeah he's been put down a few times but opponents have basically had a hard time getting by his naturally gifted athletic ability. He isn't listening to anyone because he thinks he doesn't need to do so.

I think Crawford can win this fight very easily if he wants to. He can out slick and out skill Gamboa in the ring. He is much more refined as a boxer than Gamboa.

There is one caveat I will throw out there though. Crawford is fighting at home. Gamboa is a counterpuncher and does not care if he bores a crowd to sleep. Gamboa will wait for Crawford to lead and open up. Crawford is skilled enough where if he fights smart, picks his spots and gets out he can coast to a decision win. But will he fight in such a way in front of his home crowd?

I think Crawford fights a little more aggressively in front of his fans in Nebraska. This will give Gamboa counter opportunities. I still think Crawford is refined enough to slip these punches but we all know in this sport it just takes one time to get caught, hurt and KO.

So I like Crawford by decision and a wide decision at that. There will be a little more action than I first thought when I saw this fight was made. But I think most of that action will come from Crawford who will shine in front of his hometown fans.


Hey good comments there OuBobCat, but personally I think Crawford is in too deep with Gamboa.

I know Crawford is pretty good, but I think Yuriorkis is on another level and that will show late in the rounds in this fight.

Skibbz says:

I agree this fight is flying under the radar. I love watching both guys fight and this has all the makings of a great match up.

If Gamboa is a little rusty, believe the Nebraskan will find out and pound him. Gamboa can't afford to be off the ball in this one, if he does he will never get the other fights he wants.

I don't agree though that this'll be an easy night for Crawford. After watching him vs Burns in Glasgow, I wasn't too overly impressed. Sure he has great height and reach for the division, his speed and footwork is very nice and he knows how to punch in combinations well. But he still has a few more edges to round and that's where Gamboa could find his oppurtunities.

Any time Crawford goes lefty he doesn't do too much. He may feel "comfortable" fighting unorthodox but from what I've seen it doesn't help him. Gamboa could be in like a shot with his explositivity and in Crawford's face before he's got time to adjust or get comfortable. Switching it up against someone with real skills and speed isn't a wise choice unless you're supremely confident and know it will benefit you..

Crawford will also be facing someone who wants to take his head clean off. Crawford's not been in there with too many hard hitters so a check of his chin is well overdue. I like this fight, if I had to side with one guy it would be Crawford. I see him having the skill and footwork to evade his Gamboa but there's always the possibility of Gamboa jumping on him on the ropes and testing his resolve, which up to this part of his career hasn't been put to the full test.

oubobcat says:

I agree this fight is flying under the radar. I love watching both guys fight and this has all the makings of a great match up.

If Gamboa is a little rusty, believe the Nebraskan will find out and pound him. Gamboa can't afford to be off the ball in this one, if he does he will never get the other fights he wants.

I don't agree though that this'll be an easy night for Crawford. After watching him vs Burns in Glasgow, I wasn't too overly impressed. Sure he has great height and reach for the division, his speed and footwork is very nice and he knows how to punch in combinations well. But he still has a few more edges to round and that's where Gamboa could find his oppurtunities.

Any time Crawford goes lefty he doesn't do too much. He may feel "comfortable" fighting unorthodox but from what I've seen it doesn't help him. Gamboa could be in like a shot with his explositivity and in Crawford's face before he's got time to adjust or get comfortable. Switching it up against someone with real skills and speed isn't a wise choice unless you're supremely confident and know it will benefit you..

Crawford will also be facing someone who wants to take his head clean off. Crawford's not been in there with too many hard hitters so a check of his chin is well overdue. I like this fight, if I had to side with one guy it would be Crawford. I see him having the skill and footwork to evade his Gamboa but there's always the possibility of Gamboa jumping on him on the ropes and testing his resolve, which up to this part of his career hasn't been put to the full test.


True, we don't know yet about the chin of Crawford. He is so good defensively he never really has been tagged clean.

On the flip side, we also don't know how well Gamboa's power will carry to Lightweight. He fought most of his career at Featherweight. His last two fights (one a Super Feathweight and one at Lightweight) both went the distance.

In addition, how will Gamboa's chin hold out if he gets clipped clean by a natural Lightweight and bigger man in Crawford? Gamboa has tasted the canvas on several occasions at the smaller weight and to some fighters who wern't necessarily known for their punching power.

Skibbz says:

True, we don't know yet about the chin of Crawford. He is so good defensively he never really has been tagged clean.

On the flip side, we also don't know how well Gamboa's power will carry to Lightweight. He fought most of his career at Featherweight. His last two fights (one a Super Feathweight and one at Lightweight) both went the distance.

In addition, how will Gamboa's chin hold out if he gets clipped clean by a natural Lightweight and bigger man in Crawford? Gamboa has tasted the canvas on several occasions at the smaller weight and to some fighters who wern't necessarily known for their punching power.


He wasn't knocking them out in his amateur days but he has got power in his hands so he could hurt Gamboa for sure. He's adjusted well from an amateur to a pro and now he's scoring knock outs. I also believe Terry has an underrated resolve and will to succeed in this sport. Watching him in Glasgow really highlighted to me how secure he is mentally. He showed nothing but a serious look to do business, and that flustered Burns for sure.

Gamboa talks and when he's faced with the calm and ready Metro City Champion I think he will show him more respect. He's a natural fighter Crawford, his father and grandfather were boxers and he's tasted bitter defeats in his amateur career. Taking the belt away from him now he's the champion of the world will be a serious challenge.

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