The two will face off on Saturday night in Omaha for the WBO Welterweight title now held by Crawford.
Crawford's trainer/manager Brian McIntyre was less magnanimous: "I told Benavidez he was going to get his ass kicked".
The duo had been embroiled in a tenacious build-up to the fight, with Benavidez shoving the champion during the staredown at the weigh-ins, something Crawford didn't take too lightly has he responded by throwing a right hand which his opponent did well to dodge. The crowd was the largest that Crawford has drawn to date and he gave the hometown fans a show to remember.More news: Trump Threatens to End Aid to Honduras Over Migrant 'Caravan'
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The American took his record to 34-0 on Saturday as he knocked out a tiring Benavidez in the 12th round. It feels so good to shut somebody up who's been talking for so long. In the last round, Crawford dropped Benavidez with an uppercut and "Bud" got the stoppage with his follow up barrage as Benavidez sank into the ropes. Crawford enters the bout now ranked as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
When you consider, at this point in their careers, Mayweather was three years younger than Crawford, went on to become a champion in two more weight classes and changed the entire game of boxing through his promotional and financial genius, the comparison might seem a little far-fetched. "He was exhausted, and once he slowed down, I saw I could catch him with the uppercut".
On the undercard, 2016 Olympian Mikaela Mayer of Los Angeles won a regional super featherweight belt with a unanimous decision over Vanessa Bradford of Edmonton, Alberta.