Benavidez vs. Gavril Rematch in Play For January, Says Sampson

By Miguel Rivera

Sampson Lewkowicz, promoter for WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez, says there are ongoing negotiations to have a rematch with Ronald Gavril in January 2018.

Last month, Benavidez became boxing’s youngest world champion – and the youngest ever in the super middleweight division – with a split decision victory over Gavril at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The belt became vacant earlier this year when Badou Jack made a decision to move up to the light heavyweight division.


Benavidez (19-0, 17 KOs) handed Gavril (18-2, 14 KOs) the second defeat of his pro career. One scorecard had Gavril winning 116-111, with Benavidez winning on the other two scorecards, 116-111 and 117-111.

Benavidez stared strong on the contest, but Gavril would rally when the contest entered the middle rounds and then the contest swung back and forth.

But there was a key moment which took place. The 31-year-old Romanian Gavril, who trains at Mayweather’s Gym in Las Vegas by Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, sent Benavidez to the canvas with a left hook with just 50 seconds left in the wild 12th and final round.

After the fight, Gavril and his promoter, Floyd Mayweather, complained of a robbery.

“I feel I won the fight. I dominated the pace. I can’t say anything else other than it was up to the judges,” Gavril said. “The only thing I can do is to ask for a rematch.”

There is now some growing steam to see a unification between Benavidez and WBO world champion Gilberto 'Zurdo' Ramirez.

Lewkowicz likes the idea of that fight, but he believes the record should be set straight with a Gavril rematch.

"For the moment I do not see the feasibility of the unification of Benavidez and Ramírez, because the rematch is being negotiated with Gavril.. since it was a split decision and some people think that these things should be clarified first," said Lewkowicz to ESPN Deportes.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Eff Pandas on 10-04-2017

Not sure Gavril improves on his performance while I think this was a great learning experience for Benavidez so ultimately think this works out better for Benavidez who will have bumped up his boxing IQ a lil more this time…

Comment by RightJabLikeZab on 10-04-2017

I don't see the problem with this rematch. Was a really good fight. Benavidez can come back a second time and improve on a lot of aspects. Maybe get the KO this time.

Comment by Pigeons on 10-04-2017

Well he was considered an overwhelming favorite coming in, he got dropped in the 12th and eeked out a split decision. I had him winning by 1 pt. Not only does he need to make it clearer the 2nd time…

Comment by IlikeBikeTython on 10-04-2017

[QUOTE=Boxfan83;18108948]Jesse Hart would beat both of these guys.[/QUOTE] I like Hart but he has serious chin issues. He seemed like he was hanging on for dear life for big portion of his fight with Ramirez. And you can correct me…

Comment by SkillspayBills on 10-03-2017

It was a solid fight but I feel Gavril fought the fight out of his life and still lost. I see David winning more comfortably in the rematch

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