Following Wednesday's media day tensions, Terence "Bud" Crawford and Jose Benavidez Jr. were a bit more civil at Thursday's press conference. The trash talk led to an extended face-off, as pound-for-pound king Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs) readies to defend his WBO welterweight world title against Benavidez (27-0, 18 KOs) Saturday at the CHI Health Center Omaha (ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 10:30 p.m. ET). (photos by Mikey Williams).
In the 10-round co-feature, unbeaten featherweight sensation Shakur Stevenson (8-0, 4 KOs) will take on Viorel Simion (21-2, 9 KOs).
ESPN, 10:30 p.m. ET
Terence Crawford (champion) vs. Jose Benavidez (challenger), 12 rounds, WBO welterweight world title
Shakur Stevenson vs. Viorel Simion, 10 rounds, super featherweight (129-pound limit)
ESPN+, 7 p.m. ET
Carlos Adames vs. Joshua Conley, 10 rounds, vacant NABF super welterweight title
Steve Nelson vs. Oscar Riojas, 10/8 rounds, light heavyweight
Mike Alvarado vs. Robbie Cannon, 8/6 rounds, welterweight
Mikaela Mayer vs. Vanessa Bradford, 8 rounds, vacant NABF super featherweight title
Ismail Muwendo vs. Andre Wilson, 8/6 rounds, lightweight
Jose Valenzuela vs. Hugo Rodriguez, 4 rounds, super featherweight
Keeshawn Williams vs. Ramel Snegur, 4 rounds, welterweight
Crawford-Benavidez and Stevenson-Simion will air live and exclusively Saturday on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10:30 p.m. ET with undercards streaming live in the United States at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN+
Remaining tickets to this world championship event, priced at $178, $103, $63, and $38, not including applicable fees, can be purchased at the CHI Health Center Omaha box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at ticketmaster.com.