Originally written on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 12/15/14
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Omaha, Nebr. hadn’t seen a world title fight since Joe Frazier’s 1972 annihilation of Ron Stander, so it was safe to say this bout was overdue. The 11,000 who packed the CenturyLink Center certainly seemed to think so, and they were not to be disappointed as Terence Crawford defended the lightweight belt he won from Ricky Burns earlier this year. Yuriorkis Gamboa might be more of an enigma than an elite fighter these days, but he’s someone who brings excitement in his wake, whether that comes from his blinding speed or the way he dangles out his chin so tantalisingly during exchanges. Gamboa seemed aware early on that he could not win a boxing match. And with good reason. Not only was he severely undersized when set against the lanky Crawford, but he was faced with an opponent who simply does not make dramatic mistakes in the ring. If it can be pinpointed, Crawford’s one great strength is that he so rarely gets caught out. From the outset the Cuban wore an expression that suggested ...
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