By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Terence “Bud” Crawford is still undefeated after putting on a clinic just one day after the fight was almost canceled due to a Crawford punch at weigh-ins. He defeated Jose Benavidez, Jr. at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska on Saturday night on ESPN.
Crawford used an uppercut to get the first knockdown on Benavidez Jr. A short time later, he knocked down Benavidez Jr. again, before the official called the fight.
Late in the fight, Crawford was putting on a show, as Benavidez Jr. was putting on a lackluster performance. He would often go against the ropes as Crawford would tag him, as Benavidez Jr. was hoping that he could get a one-punch knockout.
Benavidez Jr. said late in the fight that his leg was bothering him. He is approximately 18 months removed from being shot in the leg in what he believes was a targeted hit.
This was his first title defense of his World Boxing Organisation’s World Welterweight title. He captured this belt on June 9th, 2018 against Jeff Horn at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Omaha, Nebraska native has now won three straight fights by knockout. Besides defeating Benavidez Jr. by TKO, he also needed a TKO to defeat Horn. He also knocked out Julius Indongo on August 19th, 2017 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Crawford was the individual, who came all three of those fighters their first loss.
“I have to go back to the drawing board and work harder,” Benavidez Jr. said.
Benavidez Jr. is now 27-1-0 in his career. The Phoenix, Arizona will now have to rebound from the loss and move on with the rest of his career.
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