Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Crawford stops Benavidez late in last round to keep WBO belt

Crawford stops Benavidez late in last round to keep WBO belt

Said Crawford's trainer/manager Brian McIntyre: "I told Benavidez he was going to get his ass kicked".

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.

Known as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters today, Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs) is expected to beat Benavidez (27-0, 18 KOs).

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.

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In the post-fight interview, Crawford said he wants all titleholders in the welterweight division and pointed to Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank, charging him with creating the matches.

"Oh man, it was coming", Crawford said of his finishing flurry. "I looked over to the corner and he was taking deep breaths, so I said, 'Oh, he's exhausted.' I stepped it up". "It was just a matter of time".

While standing face-to-face on the stage, Benavidez said something to Crawford and shoved him. He slowed down tremendously. The obstacle to making any of those happen, however, is that those three boxers are promoted by Premier Boxing Champions. The crowd was the largest that Crawford has drawn to date and he gave the hometown fans a show. He is a great fighter, but I'm a great fighter, too.

Crawford had knocked Benavidez to the canvas with a powerful right hand with 46 seconds left, and then Crawford finished him off with consecutive right hands.

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