WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs) will defend his title against former title holder Jose Benavidez (27-0, 18 KOs) this Saturday, from the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska, but that didn’t stop the two men from coming face to face and going at one another at Wednesday’s media workout.
Benavidez was working out prior to Crawford, who was schedule to do his media portion later, and the two men, as well as members of their teams, couldn’t hold back from verbally taunting one another.
From reports, it was Crawford who walked up to Benavidez, who was fresh into breaking a sweat working out, and let him know he was going to ‘beat his *ss’ on Saturday. The 26-year old Benavidez of course responded and things escalated.
Crawford reportedly even mentioned Benavidez’s mother in his comments, something that didn’t sit too well with Jose. He took to his Instagram later and stated the following.
“Somebody come feed this man. He hungry and instead of talking about my mom you should put your fat b*tch on a diet program. After the fight I’m going to gift you and your family a free visit to the dentist.”
Crawford’s Instagram was more for subdued as he simply stated “Talk is cheap”.
It should be noted that the two men weren’t able to physically come face to face, as there were too many people between them. Instead, the two will settle things in the ring on ESPN.
After the wild scene, Crawford spoke on the tensions between him and Benavidez, and in his mind, the feud is very serious.
“It’s been real since day one, since the fight has been announced,” Crawford stated. “It ain’t been nothing but real. I’m just going to go out there and shut him up. That’s it. That’s all. 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.”
Benavidez, meanwhile, seems intent on shocking the world come Saturday night. Signed to Top Rank when he was just a teenager, the buzz has always been high on Benavidez and it’s his time to prove himself.
“It’s time to show the world what I can do,” said Benavidez. “I’ve been waiting for this my whole life. I am here. I am going to take over this city, and I am going to take his belt. I’m not scared.”
On paper, Crawford is a very big favorite, especially according to odds makers, and if you go onto boxing forums you have many fans who are dismissing Benavidez as a legitimate opponent. But he has enough tools, enough power, and judging by today’s confrontation, enough animosity for Crawford to make things interesting.