By Jake Donovan
Terence Crawford and Yuriorkis Gamboa both made weight for their lightweight title fight, which comes Saturday evening at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
Crawford (23-0, 16KO) was bone-dry at Friday's weigh-in and barely on the scales long enough for his official weight to register, but the hometown favorite came in at 134.8 lb. Gamboa tipped the scales at a sculpted 134.4 lb. in an attempt to win a major title in his second weight class (interim titles excluded).
Their official weigh-in was met with Crawford sucking down a thermos full of water before the two fighters engaged in an intense staredown. The session lasted long enough to where they had to be encouraged to turn towards the cameras rather than remain locked in towards each other.
Crawford makes the first defense of the lightweight belt he acquired on the road, defeating Ricky Burns in Glasgow, Scotland this past March.
Gamboa fights for the first time in more than a year. The extraordinarily talented Cuban boxer is a former featherweight champ, after having embarked on an aggressive schedule early in his career. Recent years have been plagued by inactivity, but he has exuded nothing but confidence heading into Saturday's showdown.
The televised co-feature pits Matt Korobov and Jose Uzcategui in a 10-round middleweight bout. The pair of unbeaten middleweights both weighed in at 160 lb. though it required Uzcategui stripping down to his birthday suit to hit the mark on his second attempt.
Both fighters make their HBO-televised debut, with the winner being groomed as a challenger for unbeaten middleweight titlist Peter Quillin.
Terence Crawford, 134.8 lb. vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa, 134.4 lb. - 12 rounds, lightweight
Matt Korobov, 160 lb. vs. Jose Uzcategui, 160 lb.* - 10 rounds, middleweight
Michael Zewski, 146.8 lb. vs. Prince Doku Jr., 146.2 lb. - 10 rounds, welterweight
Johnny Determan, 117.4 lb. vs. Ernie Marquez, 117 lb. - 6 rounds, bantamweight
Konstantin Ponomarev, 150.4 lb. vs. Jose de los Santos, 152.2 lb. - 10 rounds, welterweight
Vic Pasillas (weight T/K) vs. Jiovany Fuentes, 122 lb. - 6 rounds, featherweight
Casey Ramos, 134.6 lb. vs. Guillermo Sanchez, 134.2 lb. - 6 rounds, super featherweight
Bernard Davis, 125 lb. vs. Heath Cline, 125.2 lb. - 4 rounds, featherweight
Cody Crowley, 153.5 lb. vs. Ronnie Peterson, 156 lb. - 4 rounds, super welterweight
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene.com, as well as the Records Keeper for the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a member of Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox