Top Rank CEO Bob Arum revealed on the BoxNation Podcast that David Benavidez is without question a Top Rank fighter.
As BoxingScene.com reported a few weeks ago, promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, who signed Benavidez to a four year deal in 2017, is going to legally challenge Arum's claim to the Mexican fighter.
Benavidez (20-0, 17 KOs) currently holds the WBC world super middleweight title, and Arum is eyeing an-all Mexican unification with WBO titlist Gilberto Ramirez, who is also with Top Rank
The two world champion will be headlining separate events in the coming months to build toward a unification.
"The good news is we've signed Benavidez to a promotional contract. So we will be featuring Benavidez later this summer, headlining his own card," said the 86-year-old.
"Then down the road I'm looking forward to a Benavidez fight with Ramirez for all the marbles."
Jose Benavidez, David’s brother, is also promoted by Top Rank and fights on the Terence Crawford v Jeff Horn bill on June 9th.
Ramirez, who makes the fourth defence of his WBO crown in Oklahoma on June 30th, will be headlining his third successive show.
Arum believes the California-based Mexican is on his way to becoming a star. Unifications with the likes of Benavidez, James DeGale or George Groves would certainly help to build his profile.
"He has the talent, he has the looks. We've had a tutor with him so he's speaking very good, conversational English. He's a lovely young man and a really good fighter," explained Arum.
"I think that he has a real shot to be the next big Hispanic superstar."
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