Crawford vs Benavidez: Terence Crawford says he’ll happily give Jose Benavidez Jr. his first loss. Benavidez has been waiting three years to get a piece of Crawford, who is regarded as arguably the best pound-for-pound boxer in the sport today. on Omaha, Nebraska (ESPN) 12 rounds – welterweights for Crawford’s WBO Boxing game.
Event: Boxing Fight
Team: Crawford vs Benavidez
Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Game Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Omaha, Nebraska (ESPN)
Rounds: 12 welterweights for Crawford’s WBO
Crawford vs Benavidez Full Fight Free Tv HD Crawford a former undisputed junior welterweight champion who’s among the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport, said the war of words between the two began in February when Crawford attended a Top Rank event in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The growing hostility between the two will come to a head when Crawford defends his WBO welterweight title against Benavidez at the CHI Health Center in the champ’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska on Saturday (Oct. 13), live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10:30 p.m. ET.
The 30-year-old Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs) moved up to welterweight and scored a ninth-round TKO over Jeff Horn in June. Last month, he signed a multi-year extension with Top Rank, and part of that announcement included him cementing his first WBO welterweight title defense matchup.
Despite his undefeated record, Benavidez is a major underdog. Still, he doesn’t lack confidence and the back-and-forth between the two men has been anything but congenial. This one has all the makings of a spirited scrap. If you’re interested, here’s how you can watch.
Crawford needs to come out and get off to a fast start. Horn came out in the first two rounds and was the aggressor and came forward to give him some confidence early on until Crawford adjusted and controlled the remainder of the fight. Benavidez is better than Horn and if the 31-year-old doesn’t keep the foot on the pedal, Benavidez will take advantage.
Benavidez has a lot to prove. He’s the one who called out Crawford after saying “Bud” had been reluctant to face him. One has to question is this too soon after suffering a horrific injury, which could have been career-ending? Jumping from two gimme fights to taking on one of the best in the sport in his hometown is a monumental task. But maybe, Benavidez and his team know something people don’t.
While Crawford should win, the odds are too good to pass up. You should place a decent-size wager on Benavidez on pulling off the upset and bet big on Crawford winning by decision on all three judges’ scorecards.