LAS VEGAS — A deal has been reached, in principle, to match RING No. 3-rated lightweight Terence Crawford in a defense of his WBO belt opposite Yuriorkis Gamboa on either June 28 or July 12 in Crawford's hometown of Omaha, Neb., Top Rank CEO Bob Arum confirmed on Friday.
The 26-year-old Crawford (23-0, 16 knockouts), was last in the ring for a dominant, title-winning decision over Ricky Burns in Glasgow, Scotland in March.
A former Olympic gold medalist for Cuba, Gamboa (23-0, 16 KOs) was last in action for a unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Darlys Perez in June.
The title fight will be the first in Omaha since heavyweight champion Joe Frazier beat Ron Stander in 1972, according to the Associated Press.
J'LEON LOVE 168, MARCO ANTONIO PERIBAN 168
Super middleweights J'Leon Love (17-0, 10 KOs) and Marco Antonio Periban (20-1-1, 13 KOs) weighted 168 pounds each for Friday's weigh-in at the MGM Grand, site of Saturday's main event featuring RING and WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. opposite WBA counterpart Marcos Maidana.
Mayweather and Maidana weighed in earlier, as did welterweights Amir Khan and Luis Collazo, and junior welterweights Adrien Broner and Carlos Molina.
For other undercard bouts, cruiserweights Andrew Tabiti and John Shipman were 194 pounds each, and super middleweights Ronald Gavril and Tyrell Hendrix, 167 pounds apiece.
Olympic bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo and middleweight rival Jonel Tapia were 161.5 and 158, Ashley Theophane and welterweight counterpart Agino Perez were 142 and 141.5, super middleweights Lanell Bellows and Thomas Gifford weighed 168 and 166.5, and welterweights Ladarius Miller and Richard Colas, 140 and 142.