In Saturday night’s co-main event, David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez beat Anthony Dirrell by 9th round TKO to recapture the WBC Super Middleweight title. David Benavidez landed a shot in the 6th round that caused a huge gash over Dirrell’s eye. Benavidez saw blood and began stalking Dirrell, peppering him with barrages of power punches until eventually, Dirrell’s corner threw in the towel in the 9th. At the time of the stoppage, Benavidez was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards and Compubox had him out throwing and out landing Dirrell.
“There are so many emotions coming at me at once,” said Benavidez. “We put so much hard work into this training camp. We left home and were away from everything. But I had the dream to become the youngest two-time super middleweight world champion and I made my dreams come true.”
This win made Benavidez the youngest two-time super middleweight champion in this history of the sport and improved his unblemished record to 22-0, with 19 knockouts.
So what’s next for Benavidez? At 22, the sky is the limit. There’s been some talk-back and forth between him and IBF titleholder Caleb Plant. At the post-fight press conference, Jose Benavidez, father, and trainer of David, said that he wants Caleb Plant next. Caleb’s movement may present a problem for Benavidez who showed some early trouble cutting off the ring versus Dirrell.
The other two titles are held by Callum Smith and Chris Eubanks Jr.
An argument can be made for holding off on unifying and making a few defenses and work on developing his craft. There are good fights at 168 versus a fighter like Alfredo Angulo who is coming off a good win over Peter Quillin or a Jose Uzcategui.
What does David Benavidez want next, he was asked after the fight. “A cheeseburger”
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