Terence Crawford Steps Aside for David Benavidez, Eyes Super Middleweight Title



by SEDEDIN DEDOVIC

Terence Crawford Steps Aside for David Benavidez, Eyes Super Middleweight Title
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Terence Crawford gave a masterful performance by outclassing Errol Spence Jr. with a technical knockout in the ninth round to become the absolute champion of the world in the welterweight category. Crawford was the aggressor throughout the fight, landing power punches and controlling the tempo.

Spence was never able to get into the fight and was eventually stopped in the ninth round. For weeks afterward, the boxing public was writing about a potential matchup between Crawford and Canelo Alvarez. Crawford would have to jump even two weight classes for that match, because Canelo Alvarez is competing in the super middleweight division.

The upper limit between their weight categories is as much as 9.5 kilograms and it is highly questionable how Crawford would manage against such a bigger and physically stronger opponent. Canelo has also shown interest in a fight with Crawford, but he is not ready to cut weight and only wants to fight in the super middleweight division.

Crawford does not shy away from challenges and is ready to try in that category, but nothing will come of that match for now.

Crawford makes way for David Benavidez

Namely, in an interview with KO Artist Sports, Crawford pointed out that David Benavidez (28-0) deserves a match against Canelo and Crawford does not plan to push himself over the line.

Last weekend, Benavidez defeated Demetrius Andrade by stoppage after the end of the sixth round and registered the biggest victory of his career so far. The "Mexican Monster" holds the WBC interim super middleweight title and it's time for a showdown with Canelo.

''He (Benavidez) did a great performance. I was surprised how the fight ended. You can't take anything away from David, he did a great job. Before the match he told me what he was going to do and then he got in the ring and did the job.

Congratulations to him, but also to 'Boo Boo' (Andrade's nickname). David was the better boxer tonight.' ', Crawford said, then touched on the match between Canelo and Benavidez. "We've all been wanting to see the Canelo-Benavidez match for years. I think David earned his chance against Canelo, but this is boxing and we'll see what happens,'' said Terence.

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