WBC super middleweight world champion David Benavidez (19-0, 17 KOs) is only interested in a single outcome on Saturday night - a knockout victory in his rematch with Ronald Gavril (18-2, 14 KOs) at at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
They first collided last fall, which ended in a close twelve round decision in favor of Benavidez. Because there appeared to be some controversy over the outcome, the World Boxing Council ordered a rematch.
The rematch will serve as the Showtime televised co-feature to the ring return of two-division world champion Danny Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs), who faces Brandon Rios (34-3-1, 25 KOs) in a welterweight bout.
Benavidez, who won the fight by way a of split decision and suffered his first career knockdown in the twelfth round, was not satisfied with his performance in the first bout and wants to make a very clear statement in the second going.
The controversial nature of the scorecards forced the World Boxing Council to order a rematch - with tallies of 117-111, 116-111 for Benavidez and 116-111 for Gavril.
Benavidez is not only predicting a knockout - he's making a KO promise to his fanbase.
"He's a tough opponent, he came ready to fight last fight and I respect that. But I am ready to show everyone why I'm the best fighter in my division," Benavidez said,
"I am not focused on anything except for this fight. He says it's going to end in a knockout, but I promise you I will finish him with a knockout come fight night. I'm here to give the fans what they want, and that's another great fight."
The main event is getting most of the press and fireworks are certainly expected, but Benavidez believes that his upcoming rematch will run away as the 'fight of the night' after everything is said and done.
Benavidez views Gavril as the final stumbling block before he embarks forward with his pursuit to secure the bigger names in a loaded weight class.
"I think we're definitely going to steal the show February 17. It was a great fight last time and I have no doubt it's going to be exciting again, as long as it lasts. There's only one way this fight ends and that's with me knocking him out. We've been working really hard in training camp. We've made some adjustments off the last fight and I think I'm going to give an even better performance," Benavidez said.
"I knew Gavril was a tough fighter the first time we faced each other. I didn't take him lightly, but this time I feel even more prepared. I'm going to take advantage of everything I've been working on."