Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Terence Crawford's 12th-round knockout in one stunning photo

Terence Crawford's 12th-round knockout in one stunning photo

Crawford, a three-division champion who was making his first defence of his WBO welterweight belt, stuck out his tongue at his fallen opponent at the conclusion of what amounted to a personal grudge match.

Benavidez, 26, was plenty frisky, motioning for Crawford to keep coming toward him even as it became apparent Crawford had taken control of the fight, and he showed renewed life in the 10th when he landed a couple shots.

Crawford dominated virtually the entire fight at the CHI Health Center in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, opting for a southpaw stance for most of the contest.

A win Saturday would allow Crawford to continue seeking matchups with fellow champions Errol Spence Jr.

Crawford who is generally a mellow guy only talks trash if someone starts it first, and Benavidez confronted Crawford telling him he was scared to fight him and he was ducking him. The only problem is that Spence is promoted by Al Haymon, but Arum has said that would not be an insurmountable problem.

The crowd was on its feet for the 12th round, and "Craw-ford!" At the time of the stoppage, Crawford was ahead on all three cards with scores of 110-99, 108-101, 107-102. Crawford caught Benavidez with a devastating uppercut, and Associated Press photographer Nati Harnik captured the moment Benavidez hit the canvas in the incredible photo above. The bickering continued Thursday at a news conference.

Crawford said Benavidez really doesn't deserve the opportunity.

His right hand delivered it.

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