Gamboa: We Wanted Garcia, Crawford Just as Good

By Jake Donovan

Ring activity and marketability have been hard to come by in recent years for Yuriorkis Gamboa, but one thing the unbeaten former featherweight champ doesn’t lack is confidence.

Few fighters in the sport would be as willing to step up in class following a year-long layoff, and against an opponent who differs in every way to the one he was expected to fight. Yet Gamboa doesn’t have a care in the world heading into his June 28 showdown with unbeaten lightweight titlist Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford, marching into his opponent’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska for their HBO headliner.

I've stayed focused and stayed active. Maybe not in the ring, but I've stayed ready in the gym and am ready for this fight,” Gamboa (23-0, 16KOs) assured the media during a recent conference call to promote the event.

Crawford (23-0, 16KO) makes the first defense of the lightweight title he acquired on the road, defeating Ricky Burns this past March in front of a partisan crowd in Glasgow, Scotland. Saturday’s defense serves as his homecoming, fighting in Omaha for the first time in his pro career and just his second fight in his home state of Nebraska.

Suffice to say, a lot of pre-fight momentum and attention will be dedicated to the defending champion. It’s just yet another obstacle for Gamboa to overcome in just his second fight at lightweight. His lone appearance at the weight came in his last fight, outpointing Darleys Perez last June on HBO.

The fight appeared one-and-done at the time, as much of his downtime was spent angling for a possible drop in weight and in pursuit of another unbeaten titlist.

“As everyone knows, the conversations between my team and Top Rank were to fight (130 lb. titlist Mikey) Garcia,” Gamboa points out. “Obviously that couldn't happen. At that time, Top Rank suggested this fight. We considered it to be just as good of an option.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of, as well as the Records Keeper for the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a member of Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

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

[QUOTE=vaborikua2014;14698891]He was talking Bout mikey not danny[/QUOTE] Still Gamboa would be slightly better than the opponent Danny is facing but my bad all this talk about that bs fight has me thinking about the 140lb title defense.

Comment by vaborikua2014 on 06-26-2014

[QUOTE=Spray_resistant;14698556]Well I would hope the 140lb champion who is supposedly moving to 147 could beat a natural 126lb fighter and your right they are nothing alike Crawford appears to have skills.[/QUOTE] He was talking Bout mikey not danny

Comment by CubanBox on 06-26-2014

Wish we would have gotten Gamboa-Garcia instead but cant complain about this fight

Comment by dinero fan on 06-26-2014

Gamboa is good but not good enough to beat Garcia or Crawford.

Comment by Spray_resistant on 06-26-2014

[QUOTE=SaldanaCC;14698239]Garcia ko's boa easy an team boa knows it boa all hype an sorry crawford aint nothin like garcia![/QUOTE] Well I would hope the 140lb champion who is supposedly moving to 147 could beat a natural 126lb fighter and your…

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