David Benavidez lost his WBC super middleweight title for the second time without actually being defeated in the ring.
Benavidez was nearly three pounds overweight Friday morning for what was supposed to be a defense of his WBC super middleweight title against Alexis Angulo on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Benavidez stepped on the scale at 170.8 pounds for a 12-round fight contracted to be contested at the super middleweight maximum of 168 pounds.
Benavidez was so overweight, he didn’t try to come back to the scale within the allotted time permissible when a boxer misses weight.
Angulo, 36, officially weighed 167.6 pounds when he stepped on the Mohegan Tribe Department of Regulation’s scale. The title Benavidez lost will be at stake for Angulo because he made weight.
Despite coming in overweight, Benavidez (22-0, 19 KOs), listed as a 10-1 favorite, will end a 10-month layoff against Angulo in the main event of Showtime’s tripleheader. The Phoenix native last boxed September 28, when he knocked out Anthony Dirrell (33-2-1, 24 KOs) in the ninth round to regain the WBC super middleweight title at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Benavidez was stripped of that championship after testing positive for cocaine in August 2018.
Angulo (26-1, 22 KOs) most recently upset Anthony Sims Jr. (20-1, 18 KOs) by split decision in a 10-rounder January 30 in Miami. He has lost only to Gilberto Ramirez (40-0, 26 KOs), then the WBO super middleweight champ, by 12-round unanimous decision in June 2018 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
Benavidez and Angulo initially were scheduled to headline Showtime’s tripleheader April 18 at Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix. That show was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before Benavidez and Angulo got on the scale, Rolando Romero and Jackson Marinez made weight for their 12-round lightweight title fight Saturday night.
Las Vegas’ Romero (11-0, 10 KOs), who’s promoted by Floyd Mayweather’s company, came in at 134.8 pounds. The Dominican Republic’s Marinez (19-0, 7 KOs) weighed exactly 135 pounds.
Romero, 24, and Marinez, 29, will fight for the WBA’s interim lightweight title, one of four WBA titles in that same division.
Showtime’s three-bout broadcast also will feature a 10-round heavyweight bout between Otto Wallin and Travis Kauffman.
Sweden’s Wallin (20-1, 13 KOs, 1 NC) stepped on the scale at 241.8 pounds. Kauffman (32-3, 23 KOs), of Reading, Pennsylvania, weighed 234.2 pounds.
The 29-year-old Wallin will fight for the first time since testing Tyson Fury in a 12-round fight Wallin lost by unanimous decision last September 14 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. A left hand by Wallin opened a gruesome gash above Fury’s right eye in the third round, but England’s Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) fought through that cut and won by scores of 118-110, 117-111 and 116-112.
Wallin was supposed to return to the ring against Australia’s Lucas Browne (29-2, 25 KOs) on March 28 at Park MGM in Las Vegas. Wallin withdrew from that bout because he fractured a bone in his left foot late in February.
That Showtime telecast eventually was scrapped due to the coronavirus crisis as well.
The 34-year-old Kauffman will end a 20-month hiatus caused largely by surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Luis Ortiz stopped Kauffman in the 10th round of Kauffman’s last appearance, which came in December 2018 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Cuba’s Ortiz (31-2, 26 KOs, 2 NC) knocked Kauffman to the canvas three times – once apiece in the sixth, eighth and 10th rounds – before their fight was stopped.
Showtime’s tripleheader will start at 9 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. PT.
Alantez Fox and Habib Ahmed also made weight Friday for their non-televised, eight-round super middleweight match Saturday night.
Fox (26-2-1, 12 KOs), of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, officially weighed 169.6 pounds. Ahmed (27-1-1, 18 KOs), of Accra, Ghana, came in at 166.4 pounds.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.