Terence Crawford steps over the line as war of words with José Benavidez Jr. turns ugly

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Welterweight boxing star Terence Crawford could be in some trouble thanks to his antics at yesterday’s weigh-in ahead of his match this evening against José Benavidez Jr.

Crawford, originally from Omaha, Nebraska, is usually known for his calm demeanour and level head. However, the current WBO welterweight titleholder lost his cool at the weigh-in last night, taking a swing at fellow American José Benavidez Jr. following a small skirmish.

 Benavidez comes into the fight undefeated at 27-0 with 17 KOs and full of confidence despite being the underdog in this much-anticipated bout against the champion Crawford, who is also unbeaten with a record of 33-0 and has previously held titles at lightweight and light welterweight.

The build-up to this bout has been marred with conflict throughout as just days earlier, Crawford stormed in on the media day at B&B Boxing Academy in Omaha where Benavidez was training. 

Strong words were exchanged, with Benavidez telling Crawford firmly 'You’re a has-been' after Crawford used some less-than-savoury insults on his young challenger. 

As you can see in the video the below, tensions remained high at the weigh-in.

When the pair came together for the traditional final face-off Crawford stupidly threw a punch towards Benavidez.

Luckily the title challenger was alert and showed his quick reaction speed to dodge the incoming right-hand.

Shortly before the two fighters faced off, the commentator is heard saying “Can Benavidez control his emotions in what’s been a very emotional week?”

Evidently not, as police and security jumped in front of the two fighters but the damage was already done. Crawford could find himself in hot water for his actions, possibly damaging his chances of a 147lb unification bout next year.

 “The fight’s started early! That right there tells me that the bad blood is real – it’s not just talk”

Regardless of what was said between the two pumped up fighters, the animosity is very real and many will be eagerly anticipating tonight’s bout.

Terence Crawford v Jeff Horn

If Crawford manages to secure the win tonight he could be in a good position for unification bouts at 147lb in the new year, being one of only a few top welterweights not signed with Al Haymon.

Before that, however, he will need to face off again the highly-confident Jose Benavidez Jr. in what will undoubtedly be an action-filled evening in which only one fighter will remain undefeated.

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