Terence Crawford vs. Jose Benavidez Jr.: Fight Odds, Time, Live Stream, TV Info
Terence Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs) is new to the welterweight division but he has his sights set on attaining the exact same thing he did in junior welterweight: unifying the entire world names.
The guy they call"Bud" already has among his own, a WBO world title he earned by choosing apart Jeff Horn in June in his first bout in 147 lbs. He will defend it on Saturday night against Jose Benavidez Jr. (27-0, 18 KOs), an undefeated 26-year-old two years removed from a shooting that almost ended his career.
As hard as Benavidez may be, he's not exactly what Crawford wants. Crawford is 31 years old and just now entering boxing's most talented branch. He's one of those sports greatest talents but is far from a household name. He is
looking for glory, fast. That may even mean passing up Manny Pacquiao, the WBA"regular" winner.
"He is not a winner in my eyes," Crawford said, per BoxingScene.com's Keith Idec. "He don't have the superb belt. That's the champion in my eyes. I look at the number one winner in the division. I really don't look at the WBC silver and the interim belts and all that. I look at the super [champion] and the actual champion of the division."
That would mean the likes of Keith Thurman, the WBA"super" champion who has been inactive because of injury. Or better yet, Errol Spence Jr. (IBF), with whom Crawford was trading insults with for weeks. Perhaps even Shawn Porter (WBC) may be in the mixture.
Crawford wants among those fights to happen--the earlier thebetter for his career and legacy. But first up is still another test struggle, which Crawford always seems to ace.
Crawford vs. Benavidez Jr.. Fight Information
When: Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10:30 p.m. ET
Where: CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska
TV: ESPN and ESPN Deportes
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Opportunities: Crawford -3500 (bet $3,500 to win $100), Benavidez Jr. +1200 (bet $100 to win $1,200)
Odds courtesy of OddsShark.com and updated at Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 a.m. ET.
As starving as Benavidez may be, he is likely to be hard pushed to beat Crawford, who's an overwhelming favorite going into Saturday's bout. Crawford can switch stances. He hits with precision, power and speed. Most opponents find him difficult to strike, even as Crawford openly taunts them from the ring.
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