Benavidez, Crawford get heated at weigh-in ahead of title fight in Omaha

Annette Crawford
October 16, 2018

Terence Crawford retained his WBO welterweight title after stopping rival Jose Benavidez in the 12th and final round of their bout, much to the delight of the 13,232 strong crowd at the CHI Health Center in Omaha.

Crawford kept his pre-fight promise of not shaking Benavidez Jr's hand after the bout in Nebraska.

Known as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters today, Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs) is expected to beat Benavidez (27-0, 18 KOs). Crawford's record improves to 34-0 with 25 of those wins coming inside the distance. At various times in the fight, Crawford was able to effectively switch up his stance and land numerous shots to the body.

Crawford's biggest punches were missing, but he continued to be the busier of the two fighters.

Benavidez will be fighting for the third time since being shot multiple times in August 2016 in his hometown of Phoenix.

"I feel like he's a little anxious, to be honest with you", Benavidez said following a press conference on Thursday at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska, the venue for Saturday's showdown. "He was exhausted, and once he slowed down, I saw I could catch him with the uppercut". Benavidez shoved Crawford, who returned the aggression with a punch.

"Not at all. But that ain't the point", Crawford said. "Come Saturday, all the talking will be out the window". Boxing politics aside, the division is stacked with everyone from Errol Spence and Keith Thurman to Shawn Porter and, potentially, Mikey Garcia.

"This is boxing. It happens".

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