Sunday, June 29, 2014

Crawford Knocked Gamboa Out


By Alon Calinao Dy: Cuban olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa, a boxer who defeated Nonito Donaire, Jr. via unanonimous decision, was knocked out by Terence "Bud" Crawford on their WBO lightweight title at the Century Link Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

I couldn't believe on what I saw when Crawford displayed an amazing power that stunned Gamboa a couple of times. I thought the Cuban fighter was going to prevail in this fight since he showed fast movements and quicker hands than Terence.

Gamboa appeared to punish Crawford with all his might in the ninth round, but then the American boxer was willing to give it all for his hometown fans. He figured it out on how to break Gamboa down when he delivered deadly hooks to the body and to Gamboa's head that instantly dropped him down twice in the same round. Although Gamboa still fought back and seemed able to stand up to continue the bout, the referee had seen enough and stopped the fight, as Crawford's avid fans celebrated his huge success.

Gamboa was a true warrior when he beat two world-class fighters Michael Farenas and Nonito Donaire, Jr. years ago. It was a shocking experience for Gamboa's corner that a 26-year-old American boxer Crawford, who was supposed to be an underdog in this fight, stopped him via TKO. A moral lesson in this show is that, don't ever underestimate your opponent , especially if you don't know what your rival is capable of.