David Benavidez remains undefeated (Amanda Westcott – SHOWTIME)
By Chris Robinson
David Benavidez may no longer be the WBC super middleweight champion of the world, but he is still one of the most formidable fighters in whatever weight division he ends up moving forward in.
Benavidez lost his title on the scale on Friday, coming in nearly three pounds over the super middleweight limit of 168 pounds, yet he still dominated Alexis Angulo in the main event of a SHOWTIME telecast from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncassville, Conn., presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
The 23-year old Benavidez moved to 23-0 (20 KO’s) after the corner of Angulo (26-2, 22 KO’s) threw in the towel following the tenth round of a one-sided contest.
Benavidez shared his thoughts afterwards.
“I rate myself a solid eight,” Benavidez said. “I could have done some stuff better, but overall it was a great performance. I didn’t want to go too fast and leave myself exposed for some big shots. He’s a heavy puncher. But like I said, I like to do the stuff that nobody has ever done. Nobody has ever stopped him and I’m pretty sure nobody is ever going to make him look like that again. I demolished him from round one to round 10.”
Benavidez was obviously disappointed to not have made weight on Saturday.
“Everything everyone said about me is true,” Benavidez said. “I should be a professional and come in on weight, but this time I couldn’t do it. It’s my first time not making weight in eight years of being a professional.
“I really have to talk to my promoter to see what’s next,” Benavidez added. “I’ll fight anybody to get back to the spot I was. You could see by this performance tonight, I could put on a great performance against anybody and people will pay to see that. I’m probably going to go right back into training camp to make sure I don’t miss weight.”
Chris Robinson can be reached at CRobinson@hustleboss.com