Nothing beats a world championship fight in a city who has a hometown hero battling for the title.
This Saturday's rumble in Omaha, featuring WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford in a world title defense homecoming against Cuban superstar Yuriorkis Gamboa (Live on HBO at 10 p.m. ET/PT) in a battle of undefeated champions, will be Omaha's first world championship fight in 42 years -- when Joe Frazier exited a ring as world champion for the last time -- after stopping Omaha's Ron Stander.
It seems a good time to look back at Frazier vs. Stander. Below, please find links to Mark Kram's feature for Sports Illustrated and footage of the fight.
Mark Kram, Sports Illustrated: "The Bluffs Butcher Gets Tenderized. A Wild Publicity Buildup Sends Obscure Ron Stander Bouncing into the Ring with Joe Frazier. After That, His Head Did the Bouncing."
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with SMS Promotions, PS4 and Tecate, remaining tickets to Crawford vs. Gamboa, priced at $27, $52 and $102, can be purchased at the CenturyLink Center Omaha box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge-by-phone call 800-745-3000. To order online, visit Ticketmaster.com.
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