TERENCE CRAWFORD-YURI GAMBOA “POST MORTEM”
GAMBOA CAREER AN INDICTMENT OF 50 CENT
San Francisco, CA- There is nothing like a boxing match between two undefeated world class fighters and this past Saturday HBO offered up Terence Crawford-Yuri Gamboa in a WBO lightweight (135 lb.) affair emanating from Omaha, Nebraska. Crawford, the hometown hero had a better than 3-inch height advantage over Cuban national Gamboa.
WEIGH IN WAS “TELLING” IN MY MIND
Upon my gazing at the weigh in, I at once noticed the size advantage not only in height, but in body mass. When you look at Gamboa he had the smaller in the arms, chest, shoulders, Crawford (whose spectacular we’ll get to in a second) was at least one weight division, if not two weight classes bigger than Yuri Gamboa.
OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST NEVER BEFORE “UNDERDOG”
While the odds were on the side of Crawford, there were “wise guys” who thought Yuri was the better fighter and I know one that backed him with an envelope of cash. Never before in a fight, be it amateur or professional, was the Olympic Gold medalist ever an underdog.
CRAWFORD HAD YURI ON STRING LIKE “YO YO”
With Gamboa taking the early lead as he buzzed around and in and out of his punching range. But as the clock ticked on and you saw the snap, crackle & pop come out of the Cuban’s punches circa round five, the first session of battle in which the Cuban was floored. After that Gamboa was more horizontal than vertical again in round eight before a pair of knockdowns in round nine prompted referee Gino Rodriguez to call the fight at the 2:53 of the ninth.
WBO CHAMP’S STRATEGY WORKED TO PERFECTION
Cool and calm like a skilled surgeon, Terence displayed great skill fighting both left and right handed. Now 24-0, 17 KOs, Terence Crawford seems to be the best at 135. A fight with Miguel Vazquez (IBF 34-3, 13 KOs) might be one of significance, but first Crawford will have to deal with Ray Beltran who broke Ricky Burns’ facial bones, this before being robbed so blatantly that Burns’ promoter Barry Hearn said right after the fight that Burns did not deserve the decision. Known more for being Manny Pacquiao’s sparring partner, Beltran couldn’t beat Crawford in his dreams.
GAMBOA HAS WATCHED CAREER IMPLODE
Having been off since last June and being in only his fifth fight since besting (UD 12) Orlando Salido in 2010, Crawford and company knew that the Cuban had only 32 rounds of “real” work in four years and that his stamina wouldn’t be at 100% seeing he is closer to 33 than 32. So he took the early bee sting like punches of the smaller man and just walked him down with body mass and determination. All in all, the Nebraska native looked like something special.
AN INDICTMENT OF PROMOTER 50 CENT
Curtis Jackson (50 Cent) is lucky he made his money in music, for to call him a success as a boxing promoter would be perjury if you were under oath. Gamboa’s problems began to escalate when he wanted to leave Top Rank promotions and Massa’ Bob Arum, and at the same time opt out of a fight with Brandon Rios.
SIGNING BONUS NOT ENOUGH
Unless Gamboa got several millions of dollars to sign with 50 Cent, and he didn’t, than what he has done is essentially commit professional suicide. His career is probably over. Allegations of Performance Enhancing Drug use, Domestic Violence issues, four prior fights in as many years, Gamboa’s career is over unless he can get back to featherweight (126).