By James K. Attaglo Wilson| firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Executive Officer of Top Rank Promotions [Bob Arum] has described the upcoming WBO welterweight title fight between Terence Allen Crawford and Jose Luis Benavidez Jr. as an old-time grudge match.
The match which comes off on Saturday, September 13 at the CHI Health Center Omaha, otherwise known as the CenturyLink Center will witness the two boxers settling the score in front of a suspected raucous crowd and the founder of Top Rank believes that they’ll battle each other to the core.
“The Crawford-Benavidez fight is an old-time grudge match. These are two elite fighters who don’t care for each other, to put it mildly,” Bob Arum said.
“They will battle each other at a fever pitch. I can’t wait to watch the action,” the founder of Top Rank Promotions added.
Crawford [33-0, 24 KO’s] and a three-division world champion has promised to give Benavidez the first defeat of his career come Saturday.
“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.
“I’ll happily give him his first L,” said Crawford.
In February this year, Benavidez ‘rudely’ challenged Crawford in Texas, accusing him of ducking a potential showdown.
Meanwhile, Benavidez [27-0, 18 KO’s] has described the upcoming fight as the perfect opportunity to beat Crawford:
“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 nobody. I’m going to take full advantage of this opportunity.”
The last time Crawford [rated as the second best active boxer in the world] entered the ring [June 09, 2018] saw him dominate, controlled and finally stopping Jeff Horn via a ninth-round technical knockout [TKO] at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
Benavidez, son of elite boxing trainer [Jose Benavidez Sr.] last fought on the Crawford vs. Horn undercard where he easily stopped Frank Rojas at 1:23 seconds of the first round.