Terence Crawford to Defend Welterweight Title Against Jose Benavidez Jr.

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Welterweight world champion Tereance Crawford, considered to be one of th best pound-for-bound boxers in the world, has a signed a contract extension with promoter Top Rank who announced the details of his first title defense.

Crawford will step into the ring to face unbeaten contender Jose Benavidez Jr. (27-0, 18 KOs) in Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, at the CHI Health Center on October 13th at 10:30pm EST which will air on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+.

Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs) is excited about continuing his relationship with Top Rank.

“I am the best fighter in the world, hands down. ESPN is the biggest brand in sports and Top Rank is the biggest promotional company in boxing,” Crawford said (h/t ESPN). “This was a no-brainer for me and my team. 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.”

“Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford is the world’s best boxer,” Top Rank chairman Bob Arum said. “We will continue our ongoing campaign to establish him as one of the world’s most recognizable athletes.”

“Without a doubt, this is one of the most lucrative deals for an individual fighter in the history of boxing,” Crawford’s manager and trainer Brian McIntyre said.

“The deal that I helped put together with Top Rank and ESPN is unprecedented in the modern boxing landscape. If you think you’ve seen the best of Terence Crawford, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

“To all the pretenders out there who want a piece of him, you’ll get what is coming. With Top Rank and ESPN in our corner, we are going to make some of the biggest fights in the history of boxing. We will continue to show the world that Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford is one of the greatest fighters to ever lace up a pair of gloves.”

“The Crawford-Benavidez fight is an old-time grudge match,” Arum said. “These are two elite fighters who don’t care for each other, to put it mildly. They will battle each other at a fever pitch.”

“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,” Benavidez said. “Crawford has been running his mouth and saying I’m a nobody. I’m going to take full advantage of this opportunity.”

“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” Crawford added. “I’ll happily give him his first L.”