Terence Crawford upended the game, but seemingly undersized, Yuriorkis Gamboa on Saturday night in front of about 10,943 of his hometown fans. With a such a terrific turnout and tremendous energy in what would otherwise not be considered a "fight town," Top Rank's president, Todd duBeof says he plans on bringing Crawford back to Omaha.
"The crowd was energized and enthusiastic, which created a unique environment that made this night special. We will definitely return," said duBoef. "The city, arena and Omaha supporters showed class and were over-accommodating in bringing in boxing at (the) highest level."
It seems clear the brain trust at Top Rank would love to further develop the fan base of Crawford and perhaps a new boxing hotbed in Omaha, and as long as Terence Crawford's "star" continues to rise and he's drawing 10,000+, it makes all the sense in the world. Then again, we've seen other would-be "stars" draw well in their own hometowns but not so much elsewhere (i.e. Devon Alexander and Andre Ward). That's no slight to any of these men, it just goes to show that a star isn't made overnight and it most often takes much more that great boxing ability to crossover into mainstream appeal.