Yuriorkis Gamboa will finally be making his return to the ring, and it won't be against Mikey Garcia. Instead, Gamboa will be facing WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford on June 28 in Crawford's hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. The fight will be televised live on HBO, with an undercard fight likely to also take place.
This will be Crawford's first defense of the title he won in March by outboxing Ricky Burns over twelve rounds in Glasgow. Burns was able to keep up with the young champion early, but Crawford gradually pulled away with his superior talent. Perhaps it's poetic justice that Crawford, who traveled to Burns' backyard, gets to have his first defense at his place.
Gamboa, on the other hand, hasn't fought since a pedestrian decision win over Darleys Perez on the undercard of Adonis Stevenson's knockout of Chad Dawson last June. In fact, Gamboa has been horribly inactive as of late, fighting only once in 2013, once in 2012, and twice in 2011. He's already 32 years-old, not young for a boxer who relies so heavily on raw speed to get him by. Gamboa has always had his undeniable talent to fall back on when his balance and chin have betrayed him. It will be interesting to see if he can get away with the same mistakes when facing a legitimate talent like Crawford.
Coincidentally, each man sports a 23-0 record with 16 KO's. Who do you think will still have their "0" after the bout?