There is no chance that Jose Benavidez Jr will be running scared of Terence Crawford on Saturday.

He challenges the WBO Welterweight Champion little more than two years after being left for dead when he was shot while out walking his dog near his home in Phoenix, Arizona.

Doctors told him to forget boxing ever again after informing Benavidez it would be at least two years before he would walk.

He recalled ahead of the big BoxNation showdown: "I got shot above my right knee – it hit my main artery. Right when I got shot, they rushed me to the hospital.

"At first, I thought I was okay. I never paid attention in school so I didn't know there was a main artery in your leg. I thought I would be fine.

"When they did a CAT scan, they looked really worried and they rushed me to the operating room to operate on me. I was losing so much blood I almost died.

"They put a metal plate in my knee and it looks like I have a couple of screws in it – it looks like I went to Home Depot. It also hit the pinky finger on my right hand, but there was no damage there."

After surgery saved his life, he was then told the grim news about his future, but he defied and baffled doctors.

In February, less than 18 months after being shot, he returned to the ring in Corpus Christi and stopped Matthew Strode in eight rounds.

It was there he confronted Crawford, who was ringside, and an 84-second blowout of Frank Rojas in June booked him a shot at one of boxing’s pound-for-pound kings.

"The doctor told me I was never going to box again. He told me it would take two years before I could walk again," he recalled. "But it doesn't matter what people tell me. As long as I know what I can do and what I'm capable of, anything is possible.

"I fought the year after that. I'm not the only person that survived or has a story like this – there's a lot of people. I'm not going to lie to you – it hurts me, but I try not to think about it. When I'm in the ring, I just focus on what I have to do.

"There's nothing I can do about it, it's always going to hurt me. It's either I keep on doing what I love doing, or just be a big baby and cry because it hurts me.

"I'm not that type of person, I'm not a quitter. I just have to suck it up."

He goes into Crawford’s Omaha backyard confident, adding: "I’ve been trying to fight Terence Crawford for three years. The fight was supposed to be made twice and it never happened.

"It's not just a recent thing, it's something that I've been wanting to do. I feel like I'm the stronger fighter – I know I'm the stronger fighter – and I know I have what it takes to beat him."