Boxing schedule: TV tonight | Oct 13Hot
Tonight, WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford (33-0, 24 KO) faces undefeated challenger Jose Benavidez Jr. (27-0, 18 KO) in our premium selection for this week's boxing schedule.
The fight will serve as the former's second as welterweight, and don't be surprised if it's a thriller.
So, who is this guy, Benavidez?
Promoted by Top Rank and trained by Freddie Roach, Benavidez is not without credentials and is fresh off a KO win over rising upstart Frank Rojas (then 21-0-1, 21 KO) in a WBA welterweight title eliminator last June.
In fact, he needed only 1:24 to dispatch his foe with... a body shot.
And while unheralded thus far, Benavidez doesn't seem the least bit impressed by Crawford and had tried to secure this bout for quite some time, insisting the WBO champ was ducking him.
"I don't see anything special in Terence Crawford, Jose told ESPN.
"I don't see why everyone's scared to fight him," he said. "I've been sparring Manny Pacquiao since I was 16 years old, [I sparred] Timothy Bradley, I sparred Amir Khan, Shane Mosley, Shawn Porter. To me, Terence is really not that special. He's beatable, and I'm going to show him."
"Beating him, I hope I'll get a little respect," Benavidez told ESPN. "But I don't care what people think. I know I'm gonna beat him, and I know what I'm capable of. I'm gonna shock the world."
Beating a fella who is regarded as one of the top 5 fighters in the world would generate A LOT of respect for the 26 year old. But Mr. Carwford has other ideas...
Said Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs), who dominated Jeff Horn last July: "Once he feels them punches going upside his head, I don't even know if he's going to want to stand there next to me."
Terence is one of those awesomely-skilled fighters who can adjust on the fly to any style. Jeff Horn, for example, offered Crawford a lot of looks and appeared to try to implement countless strategies but nothing worked. Terence had an answer for everything Horn tried.
Some call it a high boxing IQ while others insist it's his natural athleticism. Whatever it is, he's got it.
It'll be interesting to see how Crawford deals with Benavidez because of 1) all the bad blood leading up to the fight and 2) the fact that Jose may represent Crawford's biggest challenge yet.
BOXING SCHEDULE on TV TONIGHT | OCT 13, 2018
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13
Terence Crawford (c) vs. Jose Benavidez Jr
WBO welterweight title
Shakur Stevenson vs. Viorel Simion
Mike Alvarado vs. Robbie Cannon
Zolani Tete (c) vs. Mikhael Aloyan
WBO bantamweight title, World Boxing Super Series
Ruslan Fayfer vs. Andrew Tabiti
cruiserweights, World Boxing Super Series
Vladimir Shishkin vs. Nadjib Mohammedi
Lewis Ritson vs. Francesco Patera
vacant European lightweight title
Glenn Foot (c) vs. Robbie Davies Jr
vacant British and Foot's Commonwealth junior welterweight title
Martin Bakole vs. Michael Hunter
The son of 1990s legendary heavyweight journeyman Mike 'The Bounty' Hunter, Michael II participated on the 2012 US Olympic team and is 14-1, 9 KO as a pro. Hunter, of course, also faced Olympic gold medalist Oleksandr Usyk (15-0, 11 KO) last year for the WBO cruiserweight title, dropping a unanimous decision after a spirited effort.
Lee McGregor vs. Thomas Essomba
Commonwealth bantamweight title
Angel Acosta (c) vs. Abraham Rodriguez
WBO junior flyweight title
Bakhram Murtazaliev vs. Norberto Gonzalez
Fight Highlights - Benavidez KOs Rojas, Jun 2018 (Length: 47 sec)