Crawford will make the first defense of his WBO welterweight world title against Jose Benavidez Jr. on Saturday, October 13th. At the CHI Health Center Omaha (formerly the Century Link Center). Crawford-Benavidez will air live and exclusively on ESPN and ESPN Deports at 10:30 p.m. ET with under-cards streaming live in the United States at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN+
It was Benavidez who challenged Crawford in Corpus Christi, Texas, this past February, accusing him of ducking a potential showdown. They will settle the score in front of a raucous crowd who will be cheering on their hometown hero.ESPN’s coverage of the event starts Friday October 12th.
5:30-6:00 p.m., ESPN2 (LIVE, Main and Co-Main Events)
9:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; 1:30 a.m.-2:00 a.m., ESP NEWS (repeat)
Streaming on ESPN+:
5:00-6:00 p.m., ESPN+ (streaming LIVE, entire card)
“The Crawford vs Benavidez fight is an old-time grudge match. These are two elite fighters who don’t care for each other, to put it mildly,” said Bob Arum, Top Rank’s founder and CEO. “This fight is the fight he has been calling for, and now he will get the chance to see what it’s like to be in the ring with a real champion,” Crawford said. I’ll happily give him his first L.”
Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs) is a three-division world champion, a pound-for-pound elite who was recently named “Fighter of the Year” at the 2018 ESPY Awards. Five months after the Gamboa win, Crawford cruised to a wide unanimous decision against Ray Beltran, who went on to win that title more than three years later. In his most recent CHI Health Center Omaha appearance, December 10th, 2016 against John Molina Jr., 11,270 fans packed the building.
Benavidez (27-0, 18 KOs), a former WBA interim super lightweight champion, turned pro in 2010 following a standout amateur career that included a 2009 National Golden Gloves gold medal at 141 pounds. His road to this career-defining fight has been anything but smooth, as he was shot multiple times in an August 2016 incident in his hometown of Phoenix. After a nearly 18-month layoff, Benavidez returned on February 3rd 2018. In Corpus Christi with an eighth-round TKO against Matthew Strode. It was before the weigh-in for the Strode bout that Benavidez confronted Crawford. Benavidez last fought on the Crawford vs. Horn under-card, knocking out the previously undefeated Frank Rojas at 1:23 of the opening round.
|Wins by KO||24|
Jose Benavidez Jr
|Wins by KO||18|
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