Crawford stops Benavidez in 12th

Ross Houston
October 17, 2018

There had been bad blood in the build-up, which culminated in Crawford trying to punch Benavidez Jr at Friday's weigh-in.

Terence "Bud" Crawford had one last retort to all the insults Jose Benavidez hurled his way.

Crawford pounced and looked to put Benavidez down once again, but the official quickly jumped in and stopped a fight.

The knockout was Crawford's second as a welterweight and helped him retain his 147-pound title for the first time before a raucous crowd of 13,323 at the CHI Health Center in Crawford's hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. The crowd was the largest that Crawford has drawn to date and he gave the hometown fans a show. Benavidez shoved Crawford, who returned the aggression with a punch. Crawford weighed in at 145.4 pounds and Benavidez at 145 pounds.

"It feels so good to shut somebody up who has been talking for so long", Crawford said. Crawford's previous 10 opponents landed 7 per round.

"Oh man, it was coming", Crawford said of his finishing flurry.

Terence Crawford controlled José Benavidez the entire fight, landing a devastating knockdown in the 12th round, with Benavidez having no answer when he gets up, resulting in a TKO victory. "It was just a matter of time". "I saw him in his corner taking deep breaths and knew he was done". He slowed down tremendously.

"I gave a hell of a fight to the best fighter in the world", Benavidez said.

On the undercard, 2016 Olympian Mikaela Mayer of Los Angeles won a regional super featherweight belt with a unanimous decision over Vanessa Bradford of Edmonton, Alberta.

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