In the lead-up to Saturday’s Top Rank on ESPN main event, Jose Benavidez Jr (27-1, 18 KOs) declared that he didn’t see anything special in WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs), and that all he does is “run and switch [stances].” On Friday, Benavidez shoved Crawford at the weigh-ins, and Crawford nearly socked him straight after. Benavidez added after that incident, “I hope he puts more power into that too because that’s a b-tch punch he threw.”
The end result for Benavidez was, as you might expect, not a good one.
After a competitive first few rounds, Crawford’s class and superior skill reigned supreme, and the question was whether or not the 13,000+ fans at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska who turned up to see their hometown hero would get a KO or a decision. “Bud” closed the show with just 18 seconds left in the 12th and final round, flooring Benavidez with an enormous right uppercut, before finishing him against the ropes.
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Safe to say trying to trash-talk and disrespect “Bud” is a bad idea that leads to a lot of pain. Benavidez spent a good chunk of the fight no-selling punches Crawford was landing, but the paid the price at the very end.
It probably won’t be his next fight, but I imagine most boxing fans want to see Crawford against IBF champion Errol Spence Jr (24-0, 21 KOs) in 2019. It just has to happen. Politics often delays or derails big matchups, and in this case Crawford is with Top Rank (ESPN) and Spence is with PBC (FOX and Showtime). Find a way to make a compromise and let’s see these two in the ring.