David Benavidez is Out to Prove That He is the Best Super Middleweight

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David Benavidez is Out to Prove That He is the Best Super Middleweight


David Benavidez is Out to Prove That He is the Best Super Middleweight


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Former super middleweight world champion David Benavidez will look to add the WBC super middleweight interim world title to his collection with a win over David Lemieux on Saturday.

Benavidez headlines a Showtime Boxing card in front of his home crowd at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz. If Benavidez wins this interim title, he will join David Morrell as the only other super middleweight in boxing with a title outside of Canelo Alvarez, who owns all four major world titles.

This will be Benavidez’s second consecutive fight in front of his home crowd in Arizona. His last fight was held in Phoenix against Kyrone Davis on Nov. 13, 2021. It was a dominant performance for Benavidez that resulted in a seventh-round TKO win. Benavidez was originally scheduled to fight Jose Uzcategui, but Uzcategui pulled out of the Nov. 13 fight with Benavidez after a failed drug test.

Benavidez (25-0, 22 KOs) might have to wait a while before he receives the Uzcategui fight. With a win over Lemieux, he could be able to call out Uzcategui for another fight or he could look for a bigger fight.

The biggest fight Benavidez could take after the one with Lemieux would be against Alvarez for the undisputed 168-pound championship. That would put Benavidez on the map in terms of a mainstream audience being aware of him.

It is a fight that Benavidez has called for. If he receives the Alvarez fight, it would give him an opportunity to place himself inside the top 10 of boxing’s pound-for-pound rankings with a win.

Even if he does not receive the Alvarez fight, Benavidez could find himself in the ring with former super middleweight champion Caleb Plant. That fight would garner a lot of attention in boxing and could set the winner up with a fight against Alvarez.

Benavidez has plenty of options moving forward. First and foremost, he needs to get past Lemieux on Saturday. If he is able to handle his business against Lemieux, Benavidez will be on a path to proving that he is the best 168-pound boxer.

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