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Photos: Jose Benavidez Jr. Grinds For Crawford Title Clash

Terence Crawford is excited to be back in Omaha, his beloved hometown and the site of many of his greatest fistic moments. The man nicknamed "Bud" will defend his WBO welterweight world title Saturday evening against Jose Benavidez Jr. at the CHI Health Center Omaha (formerly the CenturyLink Center), live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET. His four CHI Health Center outings have drawn nearly 45,000 fans, and another packed house is expected. (photos by Mikey Williams).

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The long-simmering animosity between Crawford and Benavidez spilled over into Wednesday's media day, with the pair and their respective teams exchanging verbal haymakers.

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The ESPN broadcast will also include 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist and top featherweight prospect Shakur Stevenson (8-0, 4 KOs) in a 10-rounder against the battle-tested Viorel Simion (21-2, 9 KOs).

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The action begins on ESPN+ at 7 p.m. ET and features female boxing sensation Mikaela Mayer (7-0, 4 KOs) versus Vanessa Bradford (4-0-2, 0 KOs) for the vacant NABF super featherweight title, former 140-pound world champion Mike Alvarado (39-4, 27 KOs) against Robbie Cannon (16-13-3, 7 KOs), Omaha-born light heavyweight prospect Steve Nelson (11-0, 9 KOs) taking on Oscar Riojas (17-10-1, 6 KOs), and Carlos Adames (14-0, 11 KOs) battling Joshua Conley (14-2-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant NABF super welterweight title.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PapaBricks on 10-11-2018

Crawford is one of my favs and I expect him to win this fight. However, if Jose gives Bud a tough fight, and shows heart then even if Jose looses his stock goes up. That's what fighters need to realize.…

Comment by johnnyblazz on 10-10-2018

This fight will solidify Crawford as number one pound for pound - Crawford fans

Comment by sammybee on 10-10-2018

He is going to give Bud a run for his money. I see a close fight that has the potential of going the distance.

Comment by Robi13 on 10-10-2018

[QUOTE=slimPickings;19183419]Cant help but respect his confidence.[/QUOTE] Can't help but respect tne fact that he is where he is now after the life he was given. Mad respect, to him, his brother, and his dad. It takes discipline and dedication for…

Comment by slimPickings on 10-10-2018

Cant help but respect his confidence.

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