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Terence Crawford vs. Jose Benavidez Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/13/18

Jose Benavidez vs. Terence Crawford

Boxing: Saturday October 13, 2018 (CHI Health Center)

The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

Terence Crawford and Jose Benavidez fight Saturday at the CHI Health Center for the WBO welterweight title.

Terence Crawford enters this fight with a 33-0 record that includes 24 knockouts. This will be Crawford’s fourth fight since 2017, and he’s coming off a June win over Jeff Horn. Crawford made light work of the Aussie, as expected, landing 42 percent of his total punches and simply putting on a boxing clinic in the final rounds that resulted in a ninth round knockout. Crawford will be fighting with a belt on the line for the 12th straight fight and hopes to build his case for the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. Crawford also hopes to win at least two fights in a calendar year for the 11th straight year. Crawford is 30 years old, stands at 5’8”, has a 70-inch reach and an orthodox stance. Crawford has everything you look for in an elite boxer from patience, defense, power and IQ. Crawford doesn’t allow his opponent to land their favorite punches and rarely takes clean shots, which leads to frustration over time. Crawford can box from the inside or outside, and he’s stopped seven of his last eight fights. Crawford has ridiculously quick reflexes and a lot of times does his best work on counters. Bud is simply a special boxer who does a lot of the little things well that separate him from the rest of the boxing field. This will be Crawford’s fifth career fight in Omaha, his birthplace. 

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Terence Crawford vs. Jose Benavidez Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/13/18

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Jose Benavidez enters this fight with a 27-0 record that includes 18 knockouts. This will be Crawford’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a June win over Frank Rojas. Benavidez is fighting for the third time this year and it’s easily the biggest fight of his career. Benavidez is a tough fighter who has boxed nine rounds since being shot in the leg in late 2016, an injury that doctors questioned if he’d be able to box again. Benavidez is 26 years old, stands at 6’2”, has a 73-inch reach and an orthodox stance. Benavidez is a lengthy boxer who fights well on the outside and has some one-punch knockout potential, as he showed in his last bout. Benavidez also has some quickness for a guy his size, as he counters well and has flashed decent ability of putting combinations together. Benavidez must be aggressive with those combinations in this bout if he stands anywhere close to a chance of pulling off the upset. The level of competition Benavidez has faced up to this point is questionable at best, but his size and toughness makes him a respectable opponent. This will be Benavidez’s first career fight in Nebraska.

Benavidez is a tough boxer with unique size, as it’s not often you see fighters 6’0” or taller in this division, and Crawford isn’t used to fighting big, tall boxers. Benavidez will certainly have angles he can take advantage of and should be able to land some solid shots early. However, Benavidez also hasn’t come close to facing a boxer on Crawford’s level, and the American’s IQ tops everything. Bud simply takes away what his opponent does well and breaks him down over the course of the bout. It’s why a lot of Crawford’s fights end in the later rounds, as he’s patient, highly intelligent and enters the ring with a gameplan. There’s no reason to bet against Crawford in this fight. Hopefully we’ll finally get the Crawford - Errol Spence fight after this bout.

Crawford wins by knockout in the eighth round.

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