Crawford Stops Benavidez To Retain WBO Title
It was another day at the office for Terence Crawford, who returned to his home in Omaha, Nebraska for another world title defense.
This time, Crawford stopped Jose Benavidez Jr. in the final seconds of the 12th round to retain his WBO welterweight title for the first time since winning the belt off of Jeff Horn earlier this year.
Benavidez was outclassed the entire fight, virtually losing almost every round after being outboxed by the more experienced Crawford. At various times in the fight, Crawford was able to effectively switch up his stance and land numerous shots to the body. Benavidez did manage to get something going in the fourth round by landing a stiff left hand to Crawford’s head but was never able to string anything together for long periods of time.
Once the late rounds came, Benavidez was cornered, having to defend against Crawford’s never-ending onslaught of punches and throw close to no punches during some stretches of the fight. Crawford was able to negate Benavidez’s massive height advantage and score a big right uppercut towards the end of the round. Once Benavidez got back up, Crawford immediately went to finish him off and was successful. At the time of the stoppage, Crawford was ahead on all three cards with scores of 110-99, 108-101, 107-102.
The 31-year-old Crawford, a three-division world champion, has now stopped or knocked out his last five opponents and eight of his last nine. Crawford’s record improves to 34-0 with 25 of those wins coming inside the distance.