OMAHA - Terence Crawford took over the after round six (103-33 edge in punches landed in 7 thru 12) and closed show by landing 17 of 35 power shots in 12th. 70 of Crawford's 186 landed punches (38%) were body shots.
Jose Benavidez landed 8 punches per round. Crawford's previous 10 opponents landed 7 per round.
The crowd roared in anticipation and the native son, Terence “Bud” Crawford, delivered. Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs), following a contentious pre-fight buildup, defeated Jose Benavidez Jr. by 12th-round TKO to defend his WBO welterweight world title in front of 13,323 fans at the CHI Health Center Omaha.
Crawford improved to 12-0 in world title fights with one of his most emphatic knockouts. An uppercut knocked Benavidez down and a vicious follow-up combination ended things for good.