OMAHA, Neb. — As welterweight world titleholder Terence Crawford continued to make a choice the trash talk, disdain and knockout threats from Jose Benavidez Jr., he had one fixed response: Await the wrestle, and he would shut him up.
That is appropriate what Crawford did — and popular — as he outclassed Benavidez sooner than scoring a violent, 12th-round knockout to connect his 147-pound title for the first time sooner than a raucous crowd of thirteen,323 on Saturday at the CHI Properly being Center in Crawford’s hometown.
The crowd used to be the ideal Crawford has drawn so some distance, and he gave the hometown fans a show cowl.
After dominating almost the total wrestle in opposition to a Benavidez who simply wouldn’t — or might perchance perchance perhaps now not — throw many punches, Crawford knocked Benavidez down with a thunderous plentiful uppercut with about 45 seconds left in the wrestle after which battered him unless referee Celestino Ruiz stepped in to wave off the wrestle at 2 minutes, forty two seconds as the crowd went wild.
“I did what I said I was going to enact. That is all that must be said,” said Crawford, who caught to his pre-wrestle promise to now not shake Benavidez’s hand after the wrestle. “[The knockout] used to be coming. It used to be appropriate a matter of time. He slowed down vastly. He used to be tired, and as soon as he slowed down, I considered I will have interaction him with [the uppercut]. It feels so plentiful to shut someone up who’s been talking for so long. I’m relaxed.”
The knockout capped an principal performance from Crawford, regarded as one of boxing’s pound-for-pound easiest warring parties on the earth.
“I beneficial Benavidez he used to be going to rep his ass kicked. And that is what ‘Bud’ did,” said Brian McIntyre, Crawford’s coach and manager.
The spoiled blood between Crawford, who used to be making the first protection of the welterweight title he received on June 9 by one-sided, ninth-round beatdown of Jeff Horn, and Benavidez used to be deep heading into the wrestle. Benavidez relentlessly called Crawford out, together with for the duration of a lumber-in at a weigh-in in February in Corpus Christi, Texas, unless he at closing got the wrestle, and they also traded harsh words at some level of the promotion. It spilled over at Friday’s weigh-in, with Benavidez shoving Crawford, who took a swing at Benavidez nonetheless ignored.
When it came time for the true wrestle, on the opposite hand, he landed loads of stunning, exhausting punches and completed Benavidez impressively.
“Most warring parties at the moment time in that space, having clearly received the wrestle, would motivate off in the 12th round and never pick any probabilities and lumber out the clock. No longer him,” High Depraved promoter Bob Arum said. “He’s a performer. He wished to shut the show cowl, and that is the reason what he did, and that makes him particular. Examine what now we possess with other warring parties at the moment time. That is now not the mindset most of them possess. However Terence is a showman. He needs to invent an announcement.
“We all know he’s a plentiful fighter, nonetheless to be so crowd-sexy makes him particular. Subsequent year when he strikes into the pay-per-take into accout arena, folks will be conscious that and wish to gape him wrestle due to he’s so intelligent.”
Two-time fighter of the year Crawford (34-zero, 25 KOs), 31, who has furthermore been a champion at lightweight and junior welterweight, started the wrestle working his jab and going to the physique with it sooner than switching to a southpaw stance about midway by the round, as he on the overall does, and he stayed that methodology for quite loads of the relaxation of the wrestle. Benavidez, intervening time, barely threw any punches. He looked love he wished to set a plentiful hand, nonetheless he might perchance perchance perhaps by no methodology rep a stunning residence for it.
Crawford landed to the physique in the second round and made Benavidez pick a step motivate and shake his head. He did that loads of events in the wrestle. Crawford picked up the coast in the third round, continuously landing mixtures to the head and physique and again forcing Benavidez to make a choice a step motivate.
The physique photos were key, said Crawford, who earned $Three.625 million to Benavidez’s $500,000.
“That takes one thing out of you whenever,” he said. “That is what slowed him down. You might perchance perchance explain whenever he used to be shaking his head. I knew it would pick its toll in the later rounds.”
Terence Crawford shows on his 12th round TKO in opposition to Jose Benavidez and his future.
Benavidez had a solid fourth round, his easiest of the wrestle, and landed loads of stunning blows. A solid left hand to the head caught Crawford, and he caught his tongue out. However Benavidez (27-1, 18 KOs), 26, of Phoenix, fought finest in spurts. In the fifth round, as an illustration, he spent a protracted stretch planted in the heart of the ring as Crawford went after him and landed a decreasing plentiful hand to the head sooner than forcing him motivate as the round came to an discontinue.
After Crawford stung Benavidez with a flurry of punches early in the ninth round, a seemingly heart-broken Benavidez went motivate to the ropes and motioned for Crawford to plot motivate at him. He did and landed some more punches. He continued to land mixtures to the head and physique, while Benavidez now not continuously ever got off better than one punch at a time.
With Benavidez fading in the final round, Crawford tagged him with the hellacious uppercut that knocked him down. He surprisingly made it to his toes and continued, nonetheless Crawford went plentiful to him and blasted him with a pair of plentiful palms, and Ruiz stopped it as Benavidez used to be falling to the canvas again.
Crawford led a hundred and ten-ninety nine, 108-one zero one and 107-102 going into the 12th round.
“I gave a helluva wrestle to the most straightforward fighter on the earth. He got me,” Benavidez said. “This is boxing. It occurs. He’s a plentiful fighter, nonetheless I’m a plentiful fighter too. We gave the fans a plentiful show cowl. He beat me. I assemble now not possess anything else spoiled to tell.
“I assemble now not wish to invent any excuses, nonetheless my [right] leg [where he was shot in 2016] started hurting after the seventh round. The clinical doctors said I was by no methodology going to stroll again, nonetheless I appropriate gave a helluva wrestle to the most straightforward fighter on the earth. Now I will educate even more sturdy and plot motivate stronger.”
Based on CompuBox, Crawford landed 186 of 579 punches (32 %), while Benavidez connected with finest ninety two of 501 (18 %). Benavidez landed double-digit punches in finest three rounds.
“Rather loads of folks, they are saying, ‘Oh, I’m little, I assemble now not punch exhausting.’ Or now not it’s love he used to be announcing the total week, nonetheless while you rep in there and truly feel my energy, he wasn’t itching to plot motivate interior,” Crawford said. “Must you to find at it, Jeff Horn used to be speculated to be the larger man, [Julius] Indongo used to be supposed be the larger man. When we rep in the ring, it’s varied. I’m solid for the division.”
The division has other top warring parties, specifically titleholders Errol Spence Jr., Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman, to now not dispute broken-down titlist Danny Garcia. However they all wrestle for Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions, which is aligned with Showtime and Fox, while Crawford and High Depraved are irregular to ESPN.
Making those fights will prove complex in the occasion that they ever happen, nonetheless Crawford continued to tell he wants those fights, and Arum, brushing off all others nonetheless Spence, said he’s ready to sit down down down down with Haymon and invent that wrestle as quickly as that you most certainly can take into accout.
“That is up to Bob,” Crawford said of what’s subsequent. “He said I’m going to wrestle three events subsequent year. Bob and Al Haymon wish to sit down down down down and consult with one one more. I’d like all of [those fights]. I have been announcing it. I said what I said. I’m animated to wrestle someone. I’m now not ducking no person. I assemble now not invent the fights. I wrestle them.
“It will get frustrating at events due to I truly feel I assemble now not rep the credit I deserve. However it’s out of my palms. Nothing I will enact about it. Suited attach doing what I enact in the ring.”
Arum said he used to be animated to invent a plentiful deal to envision Crawford with Spence (24-zero, 21 KOs).
“He will wrestle whoever is in the market, and if someone would now not wish to wrestle him, then we are going to invent the most straightforward that you most certainly can take into accout wrestle,” Arum said. “Folks will realize who’s the principal welterweight on the earth. These guys will rep paid very neatly to wrestle him.
“Spence might perchance perchance perhaps also very neatly be in the same league. I’d devour to invent the Spence wrestle. I’m ready to invent that wrestle subsequent. I’m ready to invent it on very fair phrases where no network or fighter has an succor. We’re willing to sit down down down down and rep that wrestle accomplished.”