Champ Terence Crawford planning to silence Benavidez in ring | AP sports

Terrance Crawford weighs in

"It feels so good to shut somebody up who's been talking for so long", said Crawford, who was making the first defence of his title since winning the belt against Australian Jeff Horn in June.

The reason the fight with Benavidez (27-0, 18 KOs) was made has to do with an adjustment and constant trash talk by Benavidez toward Crawford.

Both fighters made a relatively tentative start - perhaps surprising given the animosity in the lead-up - but Crawford tried to dictate early with his jab.

Challenger Jose Benavidez Jr. has been displaying lots of bravado in advance of his fight with Terence "Bud" Crawford.

Once the late rounds came, Benavidez was cornered, having to defend against Crawford's never-ending onslaught of punches and throw close to no punches during some stretches of the fight. But Crawford's agility, power, and footwork proved to be too much for the game Benavidez. Boxing fans will recognize his skill, style, and talent, drawing comparisons for Crawford to "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather.

"I've been wanting this fight for three years", Benavidez said.

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Crawford is now 34-0 with 25 of those wins coming via knockout. It was Mayweather's 21st stoppage; last night was Crawford's 25th.

The American took his record to 34-0 on Saturday as he knocked out a tiring Benavidez in the 12th round.

"We knew that he wanted to get in my head and make it a firefight", Crawford said.

That took him twelve years after his victory over Gatti.

Crawford's biggest punches were missing, but he continued to be the busier of the two fighters.

But, looking at the fact that Crawford now draws a crowd regardless of the city or venue, and is learning how to create some excitement during the pre-fight lead up to his fights, the comparison becomes even stronger.

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