Gamboa Says Size Won't Matter Against Crawford

Keith Idec

Terence Crawford is noticeably bigger than Yuriorkis Gamboa, about three inches taller than the challenger for his WBO lightweight title Saturday night.

Neither fighter figures Crawford’s significant size advantage will make much difference, though, as they approach their HBO “Boxing After Dark” main event at CenturyLink Center in Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Neb.

“I’ve been pretty much the smaller guy in most of my fights,” the 5-foot-5 Gamboa (23-0, 16 KOs) said through a translator Wednesday on a conference call. “I don’t think it’s something that’s going to affect much. I know how to adjust. I know how to come with a game plan and it’s something I’ve been dealing with since my amateur career. I’ve always been the smaller guy.”

The 5-8 Crawford (23-0, 16 KOs), who’ll make the first defense of a 135-pound championship he won by unanimous decision from Scotland’s Ricky Burns (36-3-1, 11 KOs) on March 1 in Glasgow, seemingly agreed with the 2004 Olympic gold medalist from Cuba.

“You never know [if height will make a difference],” Crawford said. “Gamboa is a real skillful fighter. He probably can make adjustments like me in the ring. We’ll just have to wait to find out, to see in the ring what happens.”

HBO’s broadcast will begin at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT with a 10-round WBO middleweight title elimination match between Russia’s Matt Korobov (23-0, 14 KOs) and Venezuela’s Jose Uzcategui (22-0, 18 KOs).

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by rocktx on 06-26-2014

[QUOTE=Red Cyclone;14699215]Yeah I think the same although I think he will survive Crawfords best shots and lose by decision if he is to lose. Both these lads have sparred against each other and they both have great amateur experiences, you…

Comment by Bigg Rigg on 06-26-2014

[QUOTE=mathed;14698400]Gamboa's 0 is gonna go.[/QUOTE] **** outta here!!! Gamboa gonna put the beats on Crawford bro. Can't wait!

Comment by SnakeVen0m on 06-26-2014

I think Yuri's speed will play a big part in this fight. He'll have to keep Crawford thinking. He can't allow him to establish his range where he's comfortable. He has to keep pressure on him and keep him thinking.

Comment by Red Cyclone on 06-26-2014

[QUOTE=rocktx;14699028]Gamboa hasn't fought enough since the whole Top Rank ordeal. Therefore, he hasn't improved much since going pro and he will have ring rust. Crawford by late KO[/QUOTE] Yeah I think the same although I think he will survive Crawfords…

Comment by Jayallday9 on 06-26-2014

Gamboa takes his first L in this one..

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (18)
Top Headlines Jamie Cox Outpoints Rios in Foul-Fest, Wins WBO Regional Belt David Lemieux vs. Cristian Fabian Rios LIVE Results From Montreal Sam Eggington Drops, Batters Frankie Gavin for Knockout in Eight Craig Cunningham Drops, Shocks Anthony Ogogo For TKO Win Kal Yafai Wins, Faces Luis Concepcion on 12/10 in Manchester Sean Davis Edges Paul Economides For WBC Regional Title Hisashi Amagasa Wins Ten Round Decision Over Carlo Demecilo David Price: I Can Knock Joshua Out, Dropped Him Bad in Sparring Lemieux's Manager Confident Canelo Fight Can Be Made For May Luis Nery Looks To Take His Career To Next Level in Tijuana Hekkie Budler Aims To Bounce Back at Kempton Park Josh Taylor Continues To Rise By Drilling Dave Ryan in Edinburgh Magdaleno on Track To Make 122-Pounds For Donaire Title Shot Hassan N'Dam Aims To Revamp Career, Hires Pedro Diaz Shane Mosley: I'm Semi-Retired - But For Right Opponent I'll Fight! For Better or Worse, Heavyweight Glory Still Runs Through Klitschko Golovkin's Coach: Mayweather Deserves Catch-Weight, NOT Canelo! Frank Warren: Klitschko Does NOT Deserve Shot at WBA Title! What To Do With Tyson Fury? - BoxingScene Ratings Update Arum Explains Manny Pacquiao's Lack of Knockouts Since 2009 McGuigan: Frampton Will Make an Impact in Vegas With Santa Cruz Golovkin Warns Saunders: I Want Your Belt, That is My Goal! Joe Hanks, Denis Douglin Return To Action on November 5 Manny Pacquiao Gets in One Last Workout Before Leaving To LA Hearn: I 100% Want Anthony Joshua vs. David Haye in 2017 Parker vs. Ruiz: Duco Looking For Goverment Funding For Event Jean Pascal Not Yet Ready For Ring Return, Says Trainer Photo: Victor Terrazas, Eduardo Hernandez on Weight For War Vargas: It's My Time, After I Beat Pacquiao - A Star Will Be Born! Erislandy Lara Still Has a Target on The Back of Gennady Golovkin Photos: Luis Nery, Richie Mepranum Set For War in Tijuana Joselito Velasquez, Mexican Olympian, To Be Trained By Robles Wladimir Klitschko, Lucas Browne Far Apart On Money For 12/10 Photos: Canelo is Officially Belted in Puerto Rico By The WBO Cotto Says Canelo Rematch is a Subject For Discussion Danny Williams Returns, Faces Ali Eren Demirezen in Hamburg Edis Tatli Takes on Manuel Lancia on December 17 Canelo vs. Saunders Showdown Fully Backed By WBO Prez Weights: David Lemieux, Cristian Fabian Rios Ready To Fight Eggington Predicts Damage: I'm Going To Do a Job on Gavin

Latest Active Forum Threads