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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 BoxingScene.com. 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 Freedom2016 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..

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