Crawford KO’s Gamboa, keeps lightweight belt

By Dan Rafael Terence Crawford, happy to be fighting in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, for the first time as a professional, delivered a star-making performance as he knocked out Yuriorkis Gamboa in the ninth round to retain his lightweight world title Saturday.

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TERENCE CRAWFORD DROPS YURIORKIS GAMBOA FOUR TIMES EN ROUTE TO 9TH ROUND KNOCKOUT VICTORY

Moments ago, at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska, WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford kept his undefeated record intact, knocking out former champion Yuriorkis Gamboa in the 9th round after an action-packed affair. It was give and …… continue reading

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Crawford KO’s Gamboa, keeps lightweight belt

By Dan Rafael >Terrence Crawford, happy to be fighting in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, for the first time as a professional, delivered a star-making performance as he knocked out Yuriorkis Gamboa in the ninth round to retain his lightweight world title Saturday.

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GIF: Terence Crawford stops Yuriorkis Gamboa in nine rounds

By Scott Christ

Did Terence Crawford become a star tonight? He was highly impressive in stopping Yuriorkis Gamboa in the HBO Boxing After Dark main event.

Terence Crawford met the best opponent of his pro career tonight, and it appears that so did Yuriorkis Gamboa. Crawford stopped Gamboa in the ninth round after four knockdowns in the fight, with one in the fifth, one in the eighth, and two in the ninth, successfully defending his WBO lightweight title in front of just under 11,000 screaming fans in Omaha.

Here are the two ninth round knockdowns:

Crawford (24-0, 17 KO) may have had a star-making, breakout-style performance for U.S. audiences tonight, ending up dominating the highly-touted and long-hyped Gamboa (23-1, 16 KO). Realistically, Gamboa’s fighting out of his weight at 135 pounds, but he started this fight very well, and it was up to Crawford to adjust. Crawford did that, and showed the sort of elite poise and calmness that he’s becoming quickly known for. Nothing so far in his pro career has unnerved him, and tonight he took that to another level, disposing of a very skilled opponent who fought his heart out and never gave up on the bout.

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Crawford vs Gamboa results: Terence Crawford drops Gamboa four times, wins 9th round TKO

By Scott Christ

Terence Crawford not only handed Yuriorkis Gamboa his first pro loss tonight, but he stopped him after four knockdowns in what turned out to be a pretty dominant, potentially star-making performance.

Terence Crawford looked a little surprised by the speed of Yuriorkis Gamboa to start the night, but once he got the timing down, he turned the tide and took over tonight’s HBO Boxing After Dark main event in front of a raucous hometown crowd in Omaha, Nebraska, knocking Gamboa down four times en route to a ninth round stoppage to retain his WBO lightweight title.

Crawford (24-0, 17 KO) may have lost the first four rounds (BLH gave Gamboa three of the first four), but in round five he decked Gamboa (23-1, 16 KO) hard, and took over the fight from there. To his immense credit, Gamboa never gave up on himself, and perhaps feeling that he was wearing down and being overpowered by a very good, physically bigger man, he went for broke, swinging for the fences, which fight fans always ask to see out of guys who don’t look like they’re going to win.

In the end, Gamboa was dropped three more times, once in the eighth round and twice in the ninth, leading to referee Genaro Rodriguez stopping the fight.

“I was warming up, getting used to his style in the first couple of rounds. I just wanted to test him out,” Crawford told HBO’s Max Kellerman of his moderately slow start. He added, “My coach told me to keep my hands up and catch him coming in. He was coming in wild and I was just lazy. I wasn’t reacting as fast as I normally do.”

Asked why he switched to a full-time southpaw stance about halfway into the fight, Crawford said, “I felt like I could make an adjustment with my jab, because he’s always dropping his left hand. I thought I could get him with my jab in the southpaw stance.”

Crawford drew 10,943 fans officially in Omaha for the fight, a very loud and emotionally invested crowd that made a terrific fight even better with their reactions. “It means a lot,” Crawford said about fighting at home for the first time as a world champion. “This is what they’ve been waiting on since I turned pro. It’s been a long time. Everybody’s been waiting on me to come back (since 2006).”

The fighter gave the typical non-answer when asked what he’ll do next, saying he’ll leave it up to Cameron Dunkin, Brian McIntyre, and Top Rank, but the belief is he’ll be moving up in weight after this.

Gamboa offered no excuses for his first pro loss, telling Kellerman, “We were just two warriors in the ring trying to get the victory, and he won.” He said that as the fight went on, Crawford got better, and was able to deal with his punches.

He did say that he wanted to keep fighting, which is believable given how he kept getting up and trying to storm back after knockdowns. “I think we could have continued the fight. But the official decided to stop the fight and we respect that,” he said.

For the fight, Crawford landed 146 of 348 punches (42%) compared to Gamboa’s 82 of 345 (24%), which accurately sums up what turned into a pretty dominant performance for him. The official time of stoppage was 2:53 of round nine.

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Perez beats Lopez for WBA interim belt

By Togorashi By Robert Coster & Boxing Bob Newman at ringside Colombian Darleys Perez (30-1, 21 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten local lightweight Argenis Lopez (19-1, 8 KOs) in a clash for for the vacant WBA interim …

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