Terence Crawford vs Jose Benavidez Jr. Betting Odds and Prediction

The No. 2 pound-for-pound boxer in the world Terence”Bud” Crawford is back in action, laying his WBO welterweight title at stake against undefeated Jose Benavidez Jr. this Saturday in the CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. The current champion is a -2500 favored in this fight with the challenger coming back in +1000.

Crawford has been favored in each of the last seven conflicts with an ordinary closing line of -1335. The smallest chances of the WBO titleholder were -402 when he defended his title. The fight went the distance with Crawford making the victory in July 2016. Meanwhile, Benavidez was preferred in his last two bouts with an ordinary closing line of -2646 and that he won both of those fights by knockout.

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

Not only does the Nebraska native possess supreme offensive abilities, but his defensive movements are also equally as impressive, seldom absorbing heavy shots. This is Crawford’s first title defense of the belt, having just moved into this weight class in June when he pumped out Jeff Horn to claim the title at 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 has been shot in the leg 2016 as he had been climbing the rankings to a championship fight and physicians warned he could never walk again. Not merely is Benavidez fighting again but he’s now taking on a few of the very best boxers in the world.

The 26-year-old won the 2009 Golden Gloves in the light welterweight division to create him the youngest-ever Golden Gloves champion at 16 years of age. 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.

Though Crawford is a three-division champion and is the most second-best pound-for-pound fighter on earth, Jose Benavidez Jr. is a valid threat. He will have a four-inch reach advantage over the winner and owns similar 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 compared to the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. prior to the shooting and when he could return to form against Crawford, this could be a hell of a struggle.

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