The American Terence Crawford overcame all threats to Jose Benavidez, knocking out the Mexican-American seconds after the end of an intense fight against more than 13 thousand fans at the CHI Health Center in his native Omaha, Nebraska.
Crawford retained for the first time the Welter Championship of the World Boxing Organization.
Crawford brutally culminated an intense week in which he had more than a verbal encounter with Benavidez. Placed by some as the best pound for pound in the world, the American tied his fifth knockout after sending a powerful right to the canvas to Benavidez, punish more after reincorporarse and force the arrest of the referee with 45 seconds remaining for the final bell.
At the beginning of the fight, Benavidez tried to put on the ball for you and thus earn the respect of Crawford with two exchanges that were well answered by the local. The Phoenix showed that it was not going to be an easy fight, but he did not do enough to make the three-time champion worry too much.
As the fight became old and Terence began to take control, it was evident that he wanted to finish his work with a knockout after everything that was talked about during the previous week, during which they exchanged insults. As much as it had gone well waged, Benavidez could not with those final bombings that ended the race.
With this victory, Crawford improved his professional record to 34-0 with 25 knockouts, while Benavidez lost the undefeated and stayed at 27-1 and 18.
In the co-starring battle, rising US prospect Shakur Stevenson (9-0, 5 KOs) looked devastating by knocking out Romanian Viorel Simion (21-3, 9 KOs) in the first round after knocking him down three times.
It was supposed to be a longer test for the Olympian, who finished the quick fight, within three minutes of the opening chapter.
For his part, Carlos Adames knocked down Joshua Conley three times before knocking him out in the second round to conquer the NABF Superwelter title.
The Uruguayan improved his record to 15-0 with 12 knockouts by 14-3-1 and 9 knockouts of his enemy, who at 2:17 minutes of the aforementioned round showed that he could not do more.
In addition, former world champion Mike Alvarado (40-4, 28 KOs) achieved a spectacular second-round knockout over Robbie Cannon (16-14-3, 7 KOs) in Welterweight.
Cannon had already fallen before with another powerful right from Denver, Colorado, but the second was lethal to leave on the canvas dramatically when they ran just 45 seconds of the episode.
At the start of the card, the charismatic American fighter Mikaela Mayer knocked down Canadian Vanessa Bradford in the seventh before beating her with a unanimous decision with three 80-71 cards.
Mayer improved to 8-0 with four knockouts, while Bradford stalled with 4-1-2, with no knockouts.