On Saturday at 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 records, you may assume this struggle is defined to be a battle between two of the best boxers in the 147-pound division. Apparently, oddsmakers do not see it that way. Crawford is an enormous favorite. Per youwager.eu, Crawford is the minus-3200 favorite. Benavidez is a plus+1200 underdog.
Although Benavidez’s has yet to get rid of a pro bout, he’s yet to face a fighter anywhere near Crawford’s degree in his profession. When it’s to sell the fight or to get the winner off his match, Benavidez is seemingly attempting to get into the champion’s head with some unsavory remarks about his family and more. The video below shows the 2 guys in a back-and-forth verbal exchange during among Benavidez’s open workouts.
In the past, trash-talking Crawford has proven to be a fruitless mind game for its winner’s competitions. Hank Lundy tried this approach and it didn’t work out because of him. Others have fallen into the same, self-imposed snare and failed just as miserably. From a pure talent standpoint, Benavidez has a few tools. He’s tall at 5’10.” His left hook is a hazardous punch and he can be skillful with the jab when he yells it consistently.
But he will be in the ring with an angry, motivated winner whose toolbox runneth over with weapons of the fistic arts. On boxing ability and gifts independently, Crawford’s ability to change stances, along with his gains in power and speed is a recipe for a one-sided rout.
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