The No. 2 pound-for-pound boxer on the planet Terence”Bud” Crawford is back in action, putting his WBO welterweight title at stake against undefeated Jose Benavidez Jr. this Saturday at the CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. The current champion is a -2500 favorite in this bout with the challenger.

Crawford has been favored in each of the last seven conflicts with an average closing line of -1335. The existing WBO titleholder’s lowest odds were -402 when he defended his title against Viktor Postol. The fight went the distance earning the unanimous-decision success. Meanwhile, Benavidez was preferred in his last two bouts with an average closing line of -2646 and that he won both of those fights by knockout.

Breaking Down Crawford vs Benavidez
Crawford (-2500) was named the 2018 Fighter of the Year in the ESPYs in LA earlier this season, his second such award in his profession. The 31-year-old has a huge ability to change from orthodox to southpaw, even though he is a pure orthodox fighter, keeping his opponents off balance as he peppers them with his furious hands and power. Bud has a perfect album with 24 wins coming by way of T/KO at 33-0.

Does the Nebraska native have supreme offensive abilities, but his defensive motions are also equally as striking, rarely absorbing heavy shots. That is Crawford’s first title defense of the belt, having just moved to this weight class in June when he pumped out Jeff Horn to claim the title in the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Benavidez (+1000) has picked up back-to-back T/KO victories after having his career apparently ended. The California native was shot in the leg in 2016 as he was climbing the rankings to a championship fight and physicians warned that he could never walk again. Not only is Benavidez fighting again but he is now taking on a few of the very best boxers in the world.

The 26-year-old won the 2009 Golden Gloves at the light welterweight division to create him the youngest-ever Golden Gloves champion at 16 years old. He trains with Freddy Roach, sparring with the likes of Manny Pacquiao, and he retains a perfect 27-0 record with 18 wins coming by knockout to its orthodox fighter.

Although Crawford is a three-division champion and is the second-best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Jose Benavidez Jr. is a legitimate threat. He will have a four-inch achieve advantage within the winner and possesses comparable punching power. The biggest problem is when the 26-year-old can penetrate that defensive wall that the 31-year-old can put up. Benavidez was in comparison to the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. prior to the shooting and when he could return to form against Crawford, this may be a hell of a struggle.

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