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Arum: Crawford-Gamboa Not Another 'Appearance' Fight

By Keith Idec

Knee replacement surgery last week will leave Bob Arum to watch the Terrence Crawford-Yuriorkis Gamboa fight from a comfortable chair Saturday night, far away from Omaha, Neb.

The polarizing promoter is still very eager to tune in to HBO to watch Crawford make the first defense of his WBO lightweight title.

“The thing I like about this fight is this is not just a title defense or an appearance fight,” Arum said. “This is the best two lightweights in the world. I think it’s a tremendous fight. I like Crawford’s chances. A lot of people like Gamboa’s chances. It’s a real, real fight.”

Arum’s Top Rank Inc. promotes Crawford, who is on the cusp of breaking through as a legitimate gate attraction in Omaha, his hometown.

“I was very impressed with Crawford against Ricky Burns,” Arum said of Crawford’s title-winning performance, a unanimous-decision defeat of Scotland’s Burns (36-4-1, 11 KOs) on March 1 in Glasgow. “And I was impressed with him when we had that fallout on the card last year and we needed to find a guy to go on HBO against [Breidis] Prescott. I pushed for this guy because I realized he has a lot of talent. So far he has come through tremendously. He is really a talented, talented young man. From all I can see about him, he has great, great Midwestern sensibilities and habits.”

Crawford (23-0, 16 KOs) is a slight favorite, presumably because he is bigger and has a perceived hometown advantage over Gamboa (23-0, 16 KOs), a Cuban-born Miami resident promoted by rapper/actor 50 Cent.

Russia’s Matt Korobov (23-0, 14 KOs) and Venezuela’s Jose Uzcategui (22-0, 18 KOs) will square off in the opener of HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” doubleheader Saturday night (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mathed on 06-28-2014

[QUOTE=| THE KING |;14705689]It's what Arum has been doing for longer than most have been watching boxing in these forums. Is Arum perfect? No, but he has shown he is willing to put top talent against each other. Does he…

Comment by HeroBando on 06-28-2014

[QUOTE=iniduoh;14706269]Come on dude, don't play dumb. Of course he's made some of the biggest fights in boxing history as he's been around forever but what has he done in the last 5 years besides giving the fans, for the most…

Comment by iniduoh on 06-28-2014

[QUOTE=LA_2_Vegas;14706209]Just recently? The guy has been involved with some of the biggest fights and names in boxing history.... when you've been at something for 50+ years, there might be some [B]down times and some crappy shows[/B]. the fact of the…

Comment by LA_2_Vegas on 06-28-2014

[QUOTE=iniduoh;14706181]It's just recently he's been making good match-ups here and there and that is only because GBP, under Schaefer, have been crushing TR in terms of making compelling match-ups. Bob Arum is a crook and con artist[/QUOTE] Just recently? The…

Comment by Russian Crushin on 06-28-2014

[QUOTE=New England;14705617]i'm actually moderately impressed by 50 cent. gamboa is a contender at 135, and he's in a big fight tonight. i literally thought 50 cent was involving himself with boxing for publicity. i'm sure that's aprt of his motivation,…

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