Crawford kept his pre-fight promise of not shaking Benavidez Jr's hand after the bout in Nebraska.
Crawford (24-0, 25 KOs) outclassed Benavidez, Jr. throughout the fight before scoring a attractive left hook to right uppercut combination that made the brash Mexican hit the floor with an awkward lean reminiscent of a dope fiend. Crawford's record improves to 34-0 with 25 of those wins coming inside the distance.
With all the trash talk and bad blood leading into the fight, it can make for a real war inside the ring and the fans will be the victor if it ends up in a back and forth battle between two technical boxer punchers. Crawford weighed in at 145.4 pounds and Benavidez at 145 pounds.
This was more of a stay-busy fight for Crawford but he was eager to take the bout after being called out by Benavidez, who is only the 10th-ranked 147-pounder by the WBO. Top Rank Inc. promotes both.
"It feels so good to shut somebody up who's been talking for so long", said Crawford, who was making the first defence of his title since winning the belt against Australian Jeff Horn in June.
"I feel like he's a little anxious, to be honest with you", Benavidez said following a press conference on Thursday at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska, the venue for Saturday's showdown. "I saw him in his corner taking deep breaths and knew he was done".
"Not at all. But that ain't the point", Crawford said. (IBF), Keith Thurman (WBA) and Shawn Porter (WBC).
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