Crawford stops Benavidez in 12th

Lynette Rowe
October 16, 2018

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.

And Crawford revealed that his plan had been to tire Benavidez before the big finish, applying pressure throughout to wear down the 26-year-old.

As a result the American extended his unbeaten record to 34 wins from 34 fights, the last 12 of which have been title fights, while simultaneously inflicting the first defeat of Benavidez's 27-fight career.

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. The fighters' camps traded barbs at a media workout Wednesday and the bickering continued Thursday at a news conference. Crawford enters the bout now ranked as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Insults were lobbed both ways during the weigh-in Friday, with Benavidez shoving Crawford and Crawford taking a swing that narrowly missed.

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"This is boxing. It happens".

The home favourite told ESPN: "I did what I said I was going to do".

The undercard features 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist and top featherweight prospect Shakur Stevenson (8-0, 4 KOs) in a 10-rounder against Viorel Simion (21-2, 9 KOs) and Mikaela Mayer (7-0, 4 KOs) against Vanessa Bradford (4-0-2) in a super featherweight bout.

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