Boxing
 
            === Crawford TKOs Gamboa to retain lightweight title ===
 
 Omaha,  NE (Sports  Network)  - Terence  Crawford, fighting  in  front of  his
 hometown   fans  in  Omaha,  maintained  the  WBO  lightweight  title  with  a
 sensational performance against Yuriorkis Gamboa on Saturday.
 
 It  was  a battle of  unbeatens at CenturyLink  Center, which hosted the first
 title  fight in Omaha since Joe Frazier defended his heavyweight title against
 Ron Stander in 1972. and Crawford delivered the goods.
 
 Gamboa  was  seemingly ahead  early, but Crawford's  sizeable height and reach
 advantage proved too much in the later stages.
 
 Crawford  (24-0), a  natural righty, fought southpaw and buckled Gamboa with a
 right  hook in the  fifth round and followed it up with a left cross that sent
 the Cuban to the canvas.
 
 A combination sent Gamboa (23-1) to a knee in the eighth, and despite an early
 hiccup  in the ninth, Crawford floored his opponent twice in the final minute,
 with referee Genaro Rodriguez stopping it with eight seconds remaining.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 06/28 23:57:30 ET

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