Benavidez's Manager Reacts To DeGale, Says Eubank Wins WBSS

By Cihat Gemici

In several recent interviews, IBF super middleweight world champion James DeGale revealed that he wants to have a unification with WBC champion David Benavidez in the first quarter of next year.

DeGale (23-1-1, 14 KOs) returns late tonight at Copperbox in London, when he faces Caleb Truax.

Benavidez (19-0, 17 KOs) was in the ring back in September when he won a close twelve round decision over Ronald Gavril to capture the vacant WBC title.


Benavidez and Gavril are slated to have a rematch on January 27, to set the record straight as to which of them actually deserved the decision in their first encounter.

Benavidez’s manager, Sampson Lewkowicz, gave his take on the possible unification bout.

He says his boxer is fully focused on the Gavril rematch. And after that, they are possibly going to have a mandatory fight with the winner of the World Boxing Super Series super middleweight tournament.

The semi-finals are set, with George Groves facing Chris Eubank Jr. and Callum Smith fighting Juergen Braehmer. Lewkowicz believes Eubank Jr. will win and then become the mandatory fight for Benavidez.

"The way I work is I always respect the challenger. I’ll never look past the challenger as if he doesn’t exist. For us, Gavril is the most important fight on January 27. After Gavril fight I’d like to see what is the value of the next fight. It’s business. Honestly, [at this moment] I won't discuss with Benavidez's team on what's the next. Most of the fighters who underestimate their opponents are the ones who lose," Lewkowicz told

"My message to DeGale is to fight his fight. But we should wait to see. For instance Sergio Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was a good fight for both, but this fight might not be a good fight, economically, for either one. We need to wait and see how it develops. I will not negotiate in the press. Negotiations in the press is one point less for DeGale. Who represents DeGale? Nobody called me.

"There is an important issue here. We will have a mandatory defense against the WBSS champion. I respect each of one of them in the WBSS. Whoever wins the Ali Trophy, we have mandatory position against him. I strongly believe that Eubank Jr. will be the winner. I didn’t see his only one fight against Avni Yildirim. He is still young and he is really good talent. Eubank Jr. vs. Smith will be the final round for me. Eubank Jr. is good kid and I believe he is champion inside and outside."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Squ□redCircle34 on 12-09-2017

Benavidez needs to sharpen up on his defense before he faces Chunky! Chunky if his prime hasn't been destroyed by Jack would school the kid and make him look foolish! David needs a standing still target to have success and…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 12-09-2017

[QUOTE=Randall Cunning;18317043]I think he wants to milk the belt for a year, make it look like hes targeting the WBSS winner when he knows theres not much of a chance of it happening. Gavril rematch and Dirrell, then onto bigger…

Comment by Randall Cunning on 12-09-2017

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;18317027]If i'm Eubank Jr., and I win the WBSS, then I would rather face DeGale for BIG BUCKS, rather fighting Benavidez for a belt. Benavidez should be thinking: One, beat Gavril convincingly! Two, fight Zurdo Ramirez![/QUOTE] I think he wants…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 12-09-2017

If i'm Eubank Jr., and I win the WBSS, then I would rather face DeGale for BIG BUCKS, rather fighting Benavidez for a belt. Benavidez should be thinking: One, beat Gavril convincingly! Two, fight Zurdo Ramirez!

Comment by 1hourRun on 12-09-2017

[QUOTE=Deus;18316916]Wasn't just the venue though was it? It was the date too, and that happened more than once. It had been going on long enough that there were doubts that the fight would actually happen, thus he decided to head…

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