Crawford vs Benavidez

Terence Crawford Jose Benavidez

Crawford Benavidez

CHI Health Center, Omaha, Nebraska

On air @ 2am

13

Oct

The WBO World Welterweight Title

Terence Crawford will return home to Nebraska and his British house, BoxNation, on Saturday 13th October.

He will make the first defence of his WBO World Welterweight Title against unbeaten Jose Benavidez.

The showdown at Omaha’s CHI Health Center will be Crawford’s first in his hometown since stopping John Molina Jr in the eighth round of a WBC and WBO Super-Lightweight Title defence in December 2016.

Crawford, who has won all 33 professional contests, showed why many fans consider him the number one pound-for-pound boxer on the planet when he ripped the WBO crown from Jeff Horn in June.

At Super-Lightweight the American superstar held all four recognised World Title belts at the same time and wants to achieve the same feat  at 147lbs.

New WBC Champion Shawn Porter, WBA Title holder Keith Thurman and brilliant IBF king Errol Spence are all on his wishlist.

He said: "All of the super fights that the world wants to see will happen. Mark my words. Like I've said before, I want all of the Champions in the Welterweight division."

But first he must overcome Arizona’s Benavidez, whose brother David is WBC Super-Middleweight Champion. Benavidez has won all 27 professional contests, and hammered Frank Rojas inside a round on the Horn-Crawford undercard.

He has also campaigned at Super-Lightweight and held the interim WBA crown, beating Maurcio Herrera and defending against Jorge Paez Jr.

Benavidez, 26, said: "I’ve been wanting this fight for three years. I know I have what it takes to beat him, and I am going to beat him."

"Crawford has been running his mouth and saying I’m a nobody. I’m going to take full advantage of this opportunity."