Terence Crawford stops Jose Benavidez with 12th-round barrage

Heather Diaz
October 17, 2018

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.

The American was the aggressor from the outset, dictating to Benavidez, who suffered his first loss in 28 fights.

Crawford (34-0) was dominant throughout at the CHI Health Center in his hometown, and his first defence of the title ended in victory in the final round. "We gave the fans a good show". Benavidez shoved Crawford, who returned the aggression with a punch. Crawford enters the bout now ranked as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

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.

Speaking to ESPN in the direct aftermath of the brief skirmish, the challenger stated his belief that he is in the head of the dominant champion Crawford.

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

This was a fight Crawford personally asked for and he is ready to humble the undefeated Arizona based boxer.

"I was touching him to the body a lot".

In the co-main event, 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist and top featherweight prospect Shakur Stevenson of Newark, New Jersey, stopped Viorel Simion of Romania just before the bell ending the first round.

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