Terence Crawford vs Jose Benavidez Jr

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Terence Crawford vs Jose Benavidez Jr
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Date: 
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Location: 
CHI Health Center, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
147
Titles at Stake: 
WBO Welterweight World Title (Crawford's 1st defence)
Referee: 
Celestino Ruiz

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3 weight world champion, former undisputed light welterweight champion, Terence Crawford (33-0) defends his WBO world title (which he won 4 months earlier against Australia's Jeff Horn), in his hometown, Omaha, Nebraska, against undefeated challenger, Jose Benavidez (27-0).

There is animosity between Crawford and Benavidez, and at the weigh in, an illegal fight nearly breaks out, as Benavidez squares up to Crawford and pushes him, before Crawford swings a punch that misses. The security is good enough that neither fighter can hurt the other, and the fight is not at risk of being called off.

The fight is very interesting, for 5 rounds, it is close, Crawford is mobile, lands more clean punches, but Benavidez is aggressive, lands a couple of good shots, gets the best of some exchanges.

By round 7, Crawford looks to be taking control, as he finds the target more easily, seems able to outbox Benavidez as the challenger starts to look predictable.

In the late rounds, Crawford steps it up, Benavidez, tired, and an easy target for Crawford, who boxes very well, but attacks head and body with aggression, the body shots, seeming to weaken Benavidez. In the last round, Crawford lands a great counter right uppercut, drops Benavidez heavily, he gets up, but after 4 or 5 unanswered shots, a couple of big shots, against a defenceless, static Benavidez, the referee stops the fight.

Terence Crawford makes the first defence of his WBO title, punches to a 34-0 record. Jose Benavidez raises his stock, having done better than a lot of people thought he would, coming back from a major shooting to his right leg, and competing at the highest level, but is still very well beaten, stopped, as expected.




Fan Cards: Terence Crawford vs Jose Benavidez Jr


scorecard by MIKE25
Round
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TERENCE CRAWFORD
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107
JOSE BENAVIDEZ
9
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102


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
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TERENCE CRAWFORD
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108
JOSE BENAVIDEZ
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101


scorecard by POWERPUNCHER999
Round
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TERENCE CRAWFORD
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108
JOSE BENAVIDEZ
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101


scorecard by THEICEMANJDOG
Round
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TERENCE CRAWFORD
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107
JOSE BENAVIDEZ
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102


scorecard by MJARSULIC
Round
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TERENCE CRAWFORD
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108
JOSE BENAVIDEZ
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101


scorecard by ITESTR
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TERENCE CRAWFORD
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106
JOSE BENAVIDEZ
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103


scorecard by MATCHROOM
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TERENCE CRAWFORD
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107
JOSE BENAVIDEZ
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102


scorecard by HTTP
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TERENCE CRAWFORD
10
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109
JOSE BENAVIDEZ
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100


scorecard by GOOSU
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TERENCE CRAWFORD
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108
JOSE BENAVIDEZ
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101


scorecard by MCPHILLY84
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TERENCE CRAWFORD
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108
JOSE BENAVIDEZ
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101


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
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TERENCE CRAWFORD
10
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10
10
10
10
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110
JOSE BENAVIDEZ
9
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99


scorecard by ZAC.RJ
Round
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TERENCE CRAWFORD
10
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9
9
10
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108
JOSE BENAVIDEZ
9
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101


scorecard by ADAMJO260
Round
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TERENCE CRAWFORD
10
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10
9
10
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109
JOSE BENAVIDEZ
9
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101


scorecard by HAGLERGOAT
Round
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TERENCE CRAWFORD
10
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9
10
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108
JOSE BENAVIDEZ
9
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101


scorecard by GOLD
Round
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TERENCE CRAWFORD
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
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109
JOSE BENAVIDEZ
9
9
9
10
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100


scorecard by BLOODMONEY80
Round
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TERENCE CRAWFORD
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
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10
10
108
JOSE BENAVIDEZ
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
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101


scorecard by LEWGR10
Round
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TERENCE CRAWFORD
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
109
JOSE BENAVIDEZ
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
100


scorecard by AJ KNIGHT
Round
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TERENCE CRAWFORD
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
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109
JOSE BENAVIDEZ
9
9
9
10
9
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100


scorecard by JSNULL
Round
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TERENCE CRAWFORD
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
108
JOSE BENAVIDEZ
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
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9
9
9
101


scorecard by TJK146114
Round
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TERENCE CRAWFORD
9
10
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10
10
10
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108
JOSE BENAVIDEZ
10
9
9
10
9
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101


scorecard by SALTNUTZ1
Round
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TERENCE CRAWFORD
10
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9
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10
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108
JOSE BENAVIDEZ
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
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101


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

Great match.

I think Terence Crawford is the best boxer on the planet, has all the attributes, and has exceptional all round ability. I'm surprised Crawford is fighting again so soon, he fought Jeff Horn only 4 months ago, but activity is good, and after this fight, he should be very strong at and adapted to 147. Crawford is in his prime, is a 3 weight world champion, has the WBO to defend now.

Benavidez is an obvious underdog, he is undefeated, but he doesn't have anything like the resume, reputation of Crawford, he hasn't been active in recent years, he went through the ordeal of being shot, came back from that, and he has had two fights since his return, stopped Matthew Strode (24-5) in 8 rounds, and then on the Horn vs Crawford undercard, he made a real statement, did great in stopping unbeaten, hard hitting Frank Rojas, in one round.

Benavidez is 27-0, he has had 6 fights less than Crawford, but the experience difference is more the level they have fought at, the only name on Benavidez's record I really recognise, is Mauricio Herrera, who he fought at the end of 2014, and to his credit, he beat him, UD, and the result was a wide one, but it was a controversial decision.

It is hard to favour Benavidez in this fight, even if you rate him highly as a talent in boxing, because he is still learning, still not fought at that high a level, because of the 18 month layoff as well, probably still some degree of ring rust, and most of all, the task in front of him could not be more difficult, he's fighting arguably the best boxer in the world, so even if he is better and more prepared than I think he is, it still wouldn't back up the theory he'll beat Crawford.

Benavidez is very, very tall for the weight, he is half a foot taller than Crawford, doesn't have half a foot of reach, but still a good couple of inches of extra reach. As well as having a height advantage, Benavidez is unbeaten, should have a lot of momentum from his last win, and he might be able to bring a great, professional effort and game plan into the ring, but I just can't see this going well for him, because we've seen this before, Crawford has faced good, unbeaten fighters, Indongo had height and reach advantages, so did Postol, and these two, Gamboa, Horn, these are Crawford's best wins, and also his best performances in my opinion, and as he's proved several times, Crawford only gets better, has a better performance brought out of himself with a challenge, and it seems likely that an advantage Benavidez seems to have, Crawford will nullify the use of, and every bit of success Benavidez seems to have, will only make Crawford learn more ways to get the better of him, he will only make himself a more vulnerable opponent.

Whether Benavidez is good, or not so good a world level fighter, I don't know, but I think whether he is good or not, it just isn't what the outcome depends on, because he is fighting a special fighter, a top draw fighter, one of the best of this decade, the best (in my opinion) of the last half of this decade, and his chances of winning this fight, are less than 1%.

Benavidez being as untested as he is makes a prediction hard to make, but he isn't completely untested, and you have to take the Herrera win into consideration, it was a few years ago now, but since, Benavidez hasn't fought anyone notable, not really, so I don't think he has improved so much since that fight. Nobody expects Benavidez to win this fight, the pressure isn't on him, this is the opportunity of a lifetime, he is 26, so not only can he make a name for himself by losing but having some success in the fight, but he can come again, might have his best still ahead of him, and experience wise, this loss, could build him as an experienced world level fighter.

Crawford shouldn't overlook Benavidez, but I think like most great fighters, he has that quality of not underestimating anybody, and I think he will prepare for the best Benavidez, he'll have game plan which is right to beat an opponent with the style of Benavidez, and I think Crawford, still fresh, still very early in his thirties, can put up a phenomenal display of skills and power just as he has in the past.

I think Benavidez might do quite well in the first few rounds, he'll throw a lot more punches, land some, but he won't hurt Crawford, and Crawford will land the cleaner shots. I don't think against a tall, physically strong, but big target of an opponent, Crawford's trainer will mind a slow start, because like against Gamboa, a confident fighter who thinks he has more control than he actually does, can be a victim of a dramatic turn around from a fighter as smart, and also as dangerous as Crawford.

I think the weight will be a small factor, I don't think Crawford will struggle pace wise, I don't think he will struggle to take the odd clean shot or two from Benavidez, but I wonder if we will see the power compromise, especially given the natural size of Benavidez, but all that will do, I think, is make it a longer process of Crawford breaking him down.

I think by round 5, it will be all Crawford, he will already be ahead after 4 rounds, and although Benavidez will really put up an effort, it will go more and more Crawford's way as it goes on, he'll just be in another class, and I think by round 10, Benavidez's corner will be considering stopping the fight, having seen their fighter walk into hurtful shots, which are increasingly damaging as Benavidez fatuiges and has more and more knocked out of him.

I think late, maybe round 11, Crawford will have dropped Benavidez at least twice, Crawford will making his own challenge as he tries to look for a brutal finish and Benavidez is a punch bag, and as he pummels a defenceless, drained Benavidez, inflicts a sustained beating, either the ref will stop it, or the towel will come in.

If Crawford wins this, and wins as impressively as I think he will, then I think he is fully adapted to 147, and as strong, as capable at the weight as he was at 140. Crawford is the best in the division in my opinion, and I think he is the best in the world, but I think the potential unification fights to be made in the future, won't be all Crawford, they will be interesting fights we all want to see, Crawford won't have it all his own way, he will be tested, will have do what we've seen him do in the past, and that is manage to improve with a challenge, have a better fighter brought out of him when he is pushed, but I think potential future fights against Thurman, Porter, would be challenges for Crawford, definitely not walks in the park, and more to the point, he isn't a clear class above everyone at 147 like he was at 140, because I think he has a great rival in Spence, I think Spence has the potential to be as good as Crawford, if that fight were to be made, it would be Crawford fighting another top level fighter, and I think a fight of that significance, might be one of the biggest fights of this era, of this decade.

Champion97's picture

Benavidez did a little better than I thought, but still, as the rounds went on, Crawford's adaptability, just too much, went more and more Crawford's way, and Benavidez couldn't let his shots go without getting hit with more and harder. Early, I wondered if maybe Crawford had underestimated Benavidez, and for 4 rounds, the size of Benavidez looked to be slightly tough for Crawford to deal with, but by round 7, it was clear Crawford was doing great, was in control.

That was not easy for Crawford from start to finish, for 5 rounds, that was close, but when a fighter takes it to Crawford, challenges him, it onoy brings a better performance out of Crawford, and from round 6 onwards, it was one sided, Benavidez had success in rounds 11 and 12, but Crawford was responding with interest, and after another master class performance, that right uppercut was the cherry on top, put Benavidez down heavily, he was up, but rocked, can't complain about the stoppage.

This might have been Crawford's toughest fight so far, with a possible exception of the Gamboa fight, that just shows how easy Crawford's career has been. Benavidez can go home a proud man, he didn't take a long, brutal beating, he is only 26, can come back, but that leg will always be a concern, tough, tough break getting shot, he has done very well to go from that, to competing with the best in the world.

I think Crawford is now experienced, established at 147, 2 fights, went past 8, then past 10, he's 5'8, tall enough to be a welterweight, I think he can be basically at his best at 147, and I think weight wise, his only problem will be big welterweights, not being too small, because he isn't too small. Spence, I think is the only fighter who can give Crawford problems, I don't think even Porter and Garcia can give Crawford many problems, definitely not Thurman at this stage, and I think the Spence fight is one of the best fights in boxing.

It would be good to see Crawford vs Spence as a battle to be undisputed, so if Crawford vs Thurman happens, and Spence vs Porter happens, they might both have two belts, seems too ideal to be realistic.

Solid performance by Crawford, he started slow but he finished like a beast and that is what is important. Wish he would fight better guys though, his resume just isn't as stellar as they said. His best win in his career is probably Postol, a solid but not special boxer who just got taken out by the new wave at 140. Benavidez was definitely a step up from Horn, who was probably the worst champion in the sport at the time, but at the same time he isn't exactly a top boxer at 147. I hope the political BS doesn't stop fights like Crawford-Spence, because Crawford is one of the best boxers alive right now and he deserves elite competition.