By Edward Chaykovsky
WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (24-0, 17KOs) is potentially going to stick around at 135-pounds. On Saturday night he had the biggest win of his pro career, a ninth round knockout of Olympic gold medal winner Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-1, 16KOs) before a crowd of nearly 11,000 fans at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.
Before the fight, Crawford said Gamboa was going to be his final match at lightweight. Now he's going to leave that decision in the hands of his co-managers, who are likely going to review his best options to make money at 135 and 140.
Top Rank has several fights at 140, like WBA/IBO champion Jessie Vargas, WBO champion Chris Algieri and Ruslan Provodnikov, but many of the name fighters at 140 are managed by Al Haymon and under contract with rival promoter Golden Boy Promotions.
"I'll leave [my decision on whether I move up in weight] to my managers, Brian McIntyre and Cameron Dunkin, they are my two managers. They have been doing everything in their power for me. They've been making the right decisions for me. If their decision is for me to stay at 135 or to go up - then it's on them," Crawford said.