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Photos: Terence Crawford in Top Form, Putting in Work

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 MisanthropicNY on 10-11-2018

[QUOTE=Califire209;19183439]When he beats Spence and Thurman and becomes P4P #1 in the world will you then give him some respect?[/QUOTE] If he beats Spence lol... you have to fight him to beat him, you do realize that, right?

Comment by PapaBricks on 10-11-2018

Hard to hate Terrance Crawford. Always smiling, and just seems like a good dude. The man can fight.

Comment by duwdu on 10-11-2018

Terrence Crawford appears Mayweather-ripped. :boxing: :yeah: ........ P34c3 ..... ...

Comment by Pusnuts on 10-10-2018

I would love to spar Terence Crawford see what it's like skillswise with a great smart technical boxer with power , he would have to wear pillows but it would just be cool I admire how he fights , its…

Comment by mathed on 10-10-2018

Benavidez is going to get sparked out. Then all these Spence fans had better get those excuses ready because Bud only has one target in his sights.

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