On Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska, undefeated WBO welterweight champion and pound-for-pound contender Terence”Bud” Crawford (33-0, 24 KO) will defend his title against undefeated challenger Jose Benavidez Jr (27-0, 18 KO).
If you only look at the documents, then you might assume this struggle is set to be a struggle between two of the greatest boxers in the 147-pound branch. Oddsmakers don’t see it like that. Crawford is an favorite. Per youwager.eu, Crawford is the minus-3200 favorite. Benavidez is a plus+1200 underdog.
Though Benavidez’s has yet to lose a pro bout, he is yet to face a fighter anywhere near Crawford’s degree in his profession. Whether it’s to sell the fight or to get the champion off his match, Benavidez is apparently trying to get in the winner’s head with a few unsavory remarks about his loved ones and more. The video below shows the two guys in a back-and-forth verbal exchange during one of Benavidez’s workouts.
In earlier times trash-talking Crawford has been demonstrated to be a fruitless mind game for its champion’s competitions. Hank Lundy tried this strategy and it did not work out because of him. Others have fallen in the same, self-imposed trap and failed just as miserably. From a pure talent standpoint, Benavidez has some tools. He’s tall at 5’10.” His left hook is a dangerous punch and he could be skillful with the jab when he yells it consistently.
But he’ll be in the ring with an angry, motivated champion whose toolbox runneth over with weapons of the fistic arts. On boxing ability and gifts alone, Crawford’s ability to switch stances, together with his gains in speed and power is a recipe for a one-sided rout.