A Neymar-led Brazil team faces a Lionel Messi-less Argentina national team on Tuesday in an international friendly in Saudi Arabia. It’s an experienced Brazil side against the neighbors who have a ton of youth and not as many household names as usual outside of guys like Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi.
He just came up to me, told me that I was ducking him, I never wanted to sign a fight, I never signed a contract, I was scared of him, and he was going to knock me out,” Crawford said. “So I told him, I said, ‘Man, don’t you got a fight? You need to focus on your fight before you focus on me right now. You need to be focused on your fight.’ Then just a little heated discussion.
“He’s trying to piggyback off of my name to make himself bigger. You know, talk is cheap. We’re in the same division, same promoter. It’s an interesting fight. He’s always saying that I’m fighting smaller guys, so this is a chance to see what you are made of.”
Months later, the fight became a reality as both added more fuel to the fire by exchanging trash talk in their respective interviews. But the tensions boiled over considerably on Wednesday during media day when Crawford walked in on Benavidez’s public workout and started having words.
RAW: @budcrawford402 and @josebenavidezjr exchange words at the #CrawfordBenavidez Media Day in Omaha, NE. pic.twitter.com/s4EMSDzBg3
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) October 10, 2018
Top Rank cameras picked up the exchange, which started a bit tongue-in-cheek and quickly turned serious when Benavidez said, “I’m going to do you a favor in Round 2 and fix your teeth” in response to Crawford telling him, “I’m going to beat your ass.”
With his team around him, Crawford drew big laughs by needling Benavidez by saying, “I’m going to get all them burritos out you boy.” He then challenged Benavidez to bet his entire purse on the fight. But tensions boiled over when Crawford, after being called a b—-, told Benavidez, “Your momma is a b—-” and the two fighters quickly needed to be separated.
On Friday, things got even hotter when Benavidez shoved Crawford during the weigh in and Crawford reacted by throwing a heavy right hook that just missed the target and could have caused an interesting