Crawford/Gamboa Verbally Spar At Press Conference
OMAHA, NE –
Photo credit: AP Photo/Nati Harnik
WBO lightweight champion Terrence Crawford and undefeated challenger Yuriorkis Gamboa appeared together for the first time, along with Top Rank Chief Bob Arum, to announce their upcoming bout scheduled for June 28th at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Crawford will be making his first title defense since defeating Ricky Burns in Glasgow, Scotland last March.
The press conference began in a subdued manner but soon turned lively as the lightweights exchanging verbal jabs.
“It’s going to be a good fight. I know that,” Crawford said. “Gamboa is a truly incredible champion. I have nothing bad to say about the man. The only thing I can say is he shouldn’t have took this fight.”
Speaking through an interpreter, Gamboa responded:
“I didn’t make an error in choosing this fight. Before you speak, you’ve got to look at and compare the records. Look at mine compared to yours and just measure the caliber of fighters you’ve fought compared to the caliber of the fighters I’ve fought, and then you can talk.”
And the exchanged continued …
TC: You ain’t fought me yet.
YG: You’ve never fought an Olympic champion like I have and you (aren’t) a three-time category world champion like me.
TC: This isn’t amateurs. This is the professional game. I’ve got a zero (losses). You’ve got a zero — soon to be a loss.
YG: And I’m a three category world champion. What are you?
TC: Interim don’t count. Interim don’t count. I’m the champion. You’re the challenger. See you June 28.
Crawford vs. Gamboa is the first world championship fight the city of Omaha has hosted in 42 years when Joe Frazier defended his World Heavyweight Championship crown against Ron Stander in 1972.
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s SMS Promotions, PS4 and Tecate, the Crawford vs. Gamboa World Lightweight Championship fight will take place Saturday, June 28, at the CenturyLink Center. It will be televised live on HBO®, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.