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Gamboa: I Need To Exploit Crawford's Weaknesses

MIAMI - Undefeated multiple-time world champion Yuriorkis "The Cyclone of Guantanamo" Gamboa (23-0, 16 KOs) firmly believes he is one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world and he plans to back that up this Saturday night against World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight champion Terence Crawford (23-0, 16 KOs).

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with 50 Cent's SMS Promotions, PS4 and Tecate, Crawford vs. Gamboa will be the 12-round main event, airing live on HBO Boxing After Dark, starting at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, from Century Link Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

A four-time Cuban National amateur champion, Gamboa clearly has a decisive advantage over Crawford in terms of overall experience and quality of opposition fought. He had more than 250 amateur matches, highlighted by gold medal performances at the 2004 Olympics, 2006 World Cup and 2003 Pan-American Games.

After defecting in in 2006, the now Miami-based boxer-puncher has twice captured World featherweight titles, in addition to three Interim World championships in three different weight classes, from featherweight through lightweight.

The 32-year-old possessor of rare speed and power doesn't listen to his critics. "I really don't have anything to prove to anybody but myself," he explained. "My goal has always been to be recognized as one of the best fighters in the world. I don't have to prove anything and only need to make accomplishments for me and my family."

While Gamboa has defeated three world champions and seven world title challengers in his last 10 fights, the gifted Crawford is relatively inexperienced in major fights with the exception of his last, in which he traveled this past March to Scotland and took the WBO 135-pound division title home to America, winning a 12-round unanimous decision over local favorite and defending champion Ricky Burns (26-2-1).

Gamboa is unfazed fighting in Crawford's hometown, or by his skeptics, and he's looking forward to showcasing his immense talent on HBO again. "I can't speak for him but I'm going into this fight with the same approach," Gamboa said. "I think it's going to be more of a thinking game than physical. I need to spot his weaknesses and exploit them. Whether I stop or him, or it lasts 12 rounds, I expect my hand to be raised as the winner."

Reserved tickets to Crawford vs. Gamboa are on sale starting at just $27.00, with remaining tiers priced at $52.00 and $102.00. Tickets are available to purchase at the CenturyLink Center Omaha box office and all Ticketmaster outlets, call 800-745-3000 to charge-by-hone, or order online at www.TicketMaster.com .

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by jri9d0 on 06-24-2014

[QUOTE=Wild Apache;14694395]Don't be surprised if Gamboa gets ko'd.[/QUOTE] My point exactly. I know I might catch heat for stating this but I think Gamboa is gifted athlete but a seriously overated boxer.

Comment by Bushbaby on 06-24-2014

Don't be surprised if Gamboa gets ko'd.

Comment by trufightfanatic on 06-24-2014

[QUOTE=jri9d0;14692939]Sorry dude, this is not the Gamboa of old. Plus Gamboa isn't fighting is usual list of tomato cans this time.[/QUOTE] U may have this Gamboa's resume' mixed up with another. Check boxrec dude. Gamboa fought alot of credible guys…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 06-24-2014

[QUOTE=CatchAndShoot;14690757]As long as he fights at 135, you'll never see that Gamboa again. He learned that the hard way against Farenas.[/QUOTE] That's what I'm afraid of. And this talk of "exploiting weaknesses" smacks of technical fighting, which Gamboa is quite…

Comment by jri9d0 on 06-24-2014

[QUOTE=trufightfanatic;14692920]Gamboa can out bang Crawford or outbox him. I just hope he is focused and determined to take home that belt. Realistically, so many people talk sh*t about Gamboa that all of the pressure is on Crawford especially with it…

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