Terence Crawford retains WBO welterweight title on home soil

Terence Crawford v Jose Benavidez Jr.

Terence Crawford took to the ring in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska on Saturday, where his WBO welterweight title was on the line as he faced Jose Benavidez Jr.

The showdown between the two Americans was always going to be one too good to miss, with there being drama from the get-go, including the pair trying to exchange punches at their pre-match weigh-ins on Friday.

Ahead of the fight, both boxers had an undefeated record, Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs) & Benavidez (27-0, 18 KOs), but this had to change on Saturday where only one of the two would walk away as the WBO welterweight champion.

It was Nebraska's own 'Bud' who came out on top after beating Benavidez by TKO in the 12th round, with less than a minute to go.

It all ended after Crawford, who was making the first defence of his title since winning the belt against Australian Jeff Horn in June, knocked his fellow American to the canvas with a mighty right-hand uppercut.

Benavidez managed to recover from the blow, but the fight soon ended with the exchange of a few punches from Crawford, before the referee stepped in and called a stop to the fight.

Crawford also kept his pre-match promise by not shaking hands with Benavidez after the bout in Omaha.

"It feels so good to shut somebody up who's been talking for so long," Crawford told ESPN.

"I did what I said I was going to do. The knockout was coming. It was just a matter of time. He slowed down tremendously. He was tired, and once he slowed down, I saw I could catch him with the uppercut."

Many took to Twitter as they reacted to Crawford's right-hand upper cut on the night.

One fan had simply one word for the 'hometown king', saying: "One word “QUALITY”

Another said: "Just an awesome right uppercut."

The result means that it is Terence Crawford who remains undefeated, and more importantly, he retains his WBO Welterweight Title.

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