After Beating Benavidez, Terence Crawford Left Looking For Next Big Boxing Match

Monday, October 15, 2018 11:59 AM UTC

Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 11:59 AM UTC

Boxing politics puts the kibosh on Terence Crawford fighting Errol Spence Jr. this year -- or next. That leaves few options for the 31-year-old  fighter. 

<p>After being a prohibitive favorite once again, Terence Crawford did what he does best and dismantled Jose Benavidez Jr. enroute to a spectacular 12<sup>th</sup> round TKO. For those who found some value in betting on a late stoppage, kudos to you because there really wasn’t any other way to bet on this fight. With the victory comes the question “What’s next?”</p><p>While much of the boxing world continues to drool over the prospect of <a href="" rel="nofollow" title="Live Boxing Odds">Crawford stepping into the ring against Errol Spence Jr., </a>the reality is that the fight probably won’t happen until 2020, at the earliest.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Terence Crawford’s stoppage of Jose Benavidez Jr last night is pure class 👏&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Who’s next for Bud? &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#TWBW&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— World Boxing Wall (@WorldBoxingWall) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;October 14, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>For the boxing novices who don’t involve themselves in the politics, the reason is because Crawford fights for Top Rank/ESPN while Spence fights for PBC/Showtime/Fox. In order for one of the fighters to fight on the network of the opponent, there needs to be a lot of money to be made. Unfortunately, neither Crawford nor Spence are big enough names to justify a pay-per-view that can pay them both what they feel they deserve.</p><p>Also, with PBC housing a vast majority of the top welterweights in the world (Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia, to name a few), there really is no need for Al Haymon’s boxing promotion to split the pie with another promoter and put one of his fighters at risk. It’s a smarter business move to keep the money in house and leave Crawford searching for a viable opponent.</p><p>So that leaves us without a lot of options. And, more importantly, none that will yield any betting value against one of the best fighters in the world.</p><p>One consideration is Alexander Besputin. The 27-year-old is unbeaten with a record of 11-0 with 9 knockouts. However, he hasn’t defeated anyone worth noting and is still a fighter on the rise. Against Crawford he would be a massive underdog that few would even give a puncher’s chance. The former Russian amateur standout is talented, but untested. It wouldn’t bode well for him to jump in the deep end against Crawford. But with so few options, this might happen next.</p><p>The other option is Egidijus Kavaliauskas (AKA The Mean Machine). The Lithuanian also is undefeated with a record of 20-0 (16 knockouts) and was impressive in his victory over Juan Carlos Abreu back in July. Again, this is another relatively untested fighter. You’d be looking at Crawford as a huge favorite in a fight that would do little more than keep him busy.</p><p>It doesn’t leave us with much to look forward to. Unfortunately, Benavidez was the toughest option that Top Rank had to offer, and Crawford made it look relatively easy.</p><p>The next fight for the fighter from Omaha won’t be <a href="" rel="nofollow" title="More Picks">something we can sink our teeth into as a betting community.</a> We can continue to wait for Crawford-Spence, but don’t hold your breath. This could turn into the diet version of Mayweather-Pacquiao where the fight we really want doesn’t materialize until it is too late.</p>
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