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Crawford-Benavidez: Face Off at Final Presser

Terence Crawford and Jose Benavidez come face to face before they meet in the ring Saturday night on ESPN.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Terence Crawford is ready to defend his WBO welterweight title tomorrow night on ESPN, where he’ll take on Jose Benavidez Jr. in 12 rounds of scheduled action. And during yesterday’s final press conference, the two fighters — who have a personal disdain for one another — faced off once again. You can catch the video footage above thanks to our friends at Fight Hub TV.

Of course knowing the history of altercations between the two fighters, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum was sure to announce a disclaimer before the fighters could get up in each other’s faces.

“We’re gonna pose the fighters and the fighters know they can say whatever they want — no screwing around! You don’t get paid if you punch the guy out here! Right?! No physical stuff.”

The fighters took their cues and faced off while jawing at one another, but without any real escalation this time. That was probably a relief for Arum after the two fighters came close to a pre-fight brawl during an open media workout just the other day.

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