Jose Benavidez Aims To Secure Terence Crawford Showdown

By Miguel Rivera

Undefeated welterweight contender Jose Benavidez Jr. is really hoping to get his hands on Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs).

The two boxers have traded words in person, and they have also traded words in the press and on social media.

Both of them will be in action on June 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas - as part of a card being carried on ESPN+.


On that evening, Benavidez will continued to stay busy in an undercard fight - while Crawford will headline the event as he challenges WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn.

Jose Benavidez Sr., the father and trainer of Jose Jr., wants his son to make a statement in his next to two fights - and then get Crawford in the ring.

Benavidez Jr. (26-0, 17 KOs) is still working his way back after being inactive from July 2016 to February 2018 - after an unknown assailant shot him in the leg near his home.

The two boxers are both promoted by Top Rank.

"They offered me the fight [with Crawford], but Jose is not ready yet for Crawford. He must show [that he's ready] in one or two more fights. I need him to show me that he has the hunger to fight with Crawford, who is a good fighter," Benavidez Sr. said.

"I can not risk [doing that fight too son], because he is recovered from the [injury] where he was shot and must look spectacular [on June 9]. After watching that fight I can say if he is ready."

And younger brother, WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez, will fight on July 28 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

As previously reported, Benavidez will likely face Olympian Matt Korobov of Russia.

"They only seek the approval of the [opponent], who has been preparing for about a month. He is strong and once everything is known we'll prepare for him and for David to advance and prove that he is a champion, and for that he must fight with the best," Benavidez Sr. said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Usetoloveboxing on 05-21-2018

I hope Crawford can get some PBC fights. Like y'all said in previous posts, the pickings are pretty slim for Bud at welterweight. Some great fights could be made there.

Comment by 5burowz on 05-21-2018

I'll smash you

Comment by bluebeam on 05-21-2018

[QUOTE=Mister Wolf;18790588]I would love to see Crawford vs Danny Garcia somewhere in there.[/QUOTE] Me too, but i doubt we will see crawford vs any pbc welterweight until its for all of the belts.

Comment by JuniorTorres720 on 05-21-2018

Solid fight but good stuff from his dad on wanting to wait it out. At least they're honest about it. I'd like this match up but like Benavidez Sr. said, Jr. would have to look really good in his next…

Comment by Pigeons on 05-21-2018

Easy fight to make.

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