Crawford Stops Benavidez To Retain WBO Title


Terence Crawford has followed his defeat of Australia's Jeff Horn with a stoppage victory over Jose Benavidez in hometown Omaha, Nebraska. Crawford caught Benavidez with a devastating uppercut, and Associated Press photographer Nati Harnik captured the moment Benavidez hit the canvas in the incredible photo above.

Benavidez Jr recovered but the fight ended in flurry of punches from Crawford, with the referee stepping in.

Crawford, 31, improves to 34-0 (25 KOs) with the win and retains his WBO welterweight title.

"I take nothing from him", Benavidez said.

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Perhaps tiring, Benavidez retreated to the ropes for much of the 10th round as Crawford looked for a knockout blow.

Benavidez will be fighting for the third time since being shot multiple times in August 2016 in his hometown of Phoenix. I didn't say "Money" Mayweather, because Crawford is only a world champion in three weight classes to Mayweather's five and talks way less than the Flint, Michigan native to sell a fight. Crawford retaliated with a ridiculously fast punch but missed Benavidez, who leaned back to duck the shot.

"I'm the bigger guy and I'm gonna break him down and I'm gonna take him to deep waters that he'll wish he's never been in". "The point is we're here now, and we're fighting on Saturday". Boxing politics aside, the division is stacked with everyone from Errol Spence and Keith Thurman to Shawn Porter and, potentially, Mikey Garcia. Top Rank fights are televised by ESPN; PBC fights are on Showtime and Fox.