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Terence Crawford arrives with KO of Gamboa

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Making the first defense of his WBO lightweight title on Saturday night, Terence Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs) had the opportunity to fight in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska for the first time and he gave his fans everything they could have hoped for with a stunning ninth round knockout of former champ Yuriorkis Gamboa.

In front of 10,943 excited fans at the CenturyLink Center, Crawford fell behind early, as Gamboa (23-1, 16 KOs) used his quicker hands to land his combinations on the inside to build an early lead over the first four rounds.

Crawford_Gamboa_140628_013aHowever, Crawford, who made the decision to fight out of the southpaw stance (he’s naturally orthodox), began finding his range with right hooks and jabs that started knocking Gamboa off-balance.  In the fifth round, Crawford hurt Gamboa badly with a left hand that sent him down to the canvas.  Gamboa was in bad shape as he made it to his feet and a right hand later in the round almost sent him down again.

In the eighth round, Crawford put Gamboa down again with a counter right hand that took him down to one knee.  Gamboa, who hadn’t looked great in his last two fights spread out since December 2012, was getting rattled and was no longer the same confident fighter he had been in the first third of the fight.  In the ninth however, Gamboa connected with a hard right hand that stunned Crawford and appeared to give him some life.

Crawford though would not be denied as he drilled Gamboa with a left hand that sent him down again.  Gamboa got but was sent down again moments later, prompting referee Genaro Rodriguez to wave it off.

Early on in the night, unbeaten middleweight contender Matt Korobov (24-0, 14 KOs) scored a one-sided decision win over the previously unbeaten Jose Uzcategui (22-1, 18 KOs).

Scores were 97-91, 97-91 and 96-92  for Korobov, who sent Uzcategui down twice in the seventh round.

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