Terence Crawford vs. Jose Benavidez Jr.: Fight Odds, Time, Live Stream, TV Info
Terence Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs) is fresh to the welterweight division but he already has his sights set on accomplishing the exact same thing that he did at junior welterweight: joining the entire world names.
The guy they call"Bud" currently has one of his own, a WBO world title he earned by picking 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 just two years removed from a shooting that almost ended his career.
As tough as Benavidez could be, he's not what Crawford wants. Crawford is 31 years old and only now entering boxing's most talented branch. He is one of the sports greatest talents but is far from a household name.
He's looking for greater glory, fast. That might even mean passing up Manny Pacquiao, the WBA"regular" winner.
"He's not a champion in my mind," Crawford stated, per BoxingScene.com's Keith Idec. "He don't possess the superb belt. That is the winner in my eyes. I look at the number one champion in the branch. I really don't look at the WBC silver and the interim straps and all that. I look at the super [winner ] and the true champion of this branch."
That would indicate the likes of Keith Thurman, the WBA"super" champion who has been inactive due to injury. Or better yet, Errol Spence Jr. (IBF), together with whom Crawford was trading insults with for months. Perhaps even Shawn Porter (WBC) may be in the mixture.
Crawford wants one of those struggles tohappen--the earlier the better for his career and heritage. But first up is still another evaluation fight, which Crawford always appears to ace.
Crawford vs. Benavidez Jr.. Fight Info
When: Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10:30 p.m. ET
Where: CHI Health Center at 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)
Opportunities courtesy of OddsShark.com and updated at Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 a.m. ET.
As starving as Benavidez could be, he is likely to be hard pushed to beat Crawford, who is an overwhelming favourite going into Saturday's bout. Crawford can change stances. He strikes with speed, precision and power. Most competitions find him difficult to hit, even as Crawford openly taunts them from the ring.
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