David Benavidez: I Hope To Fight Gilberto Ramirez, George Groves

By Miguel Rivera

Proud of his Aztec" roots, WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez (20-0, 17 KOs) wants to be the best in his division and face the biggest names, but the fight that most attracts him is a unification against countryman Gilberto "Zurdo "Ramirez, who holds the WBO world title.

"That fight I want the most. In a year it can be done. I think in a year that fight is going to happen," Benavidez told Fox Deportes.

Visiting Mexico City, three days after making the first defense of his world title against Romanian Ronald Gavril, the boxer made it clear that making two more fights this year is his goal, in addition to clashing with the other champions.


The son of Jose Benavidez, who was born in Arcelia, Guerrero, and brother of the former interim-junior super lightweight champion of the WBA, Jose Benvaidez Jr., the blooming super middleweight indicates that being a world champion has been his dream since a young child.

"I want to fight twice more this year and see if next year that I can fight for another belt or another champion. We'll see what happens. Ramirez is very good and I want that fight, or a fight against [WBA champion] George Groves," Benavidez said.

"The title means a lot to me, I've worked a lot to get here, since I was a child it was a dream and now that I have it I do not want to let it go."

While recovering from the swelling he suffered in his hands after the fight with Gavril, Benavidez made it clear that he could return on a date in June or July, although he expects to get a more solid confirmation from his promoter Sampson Lewkowicz.

Lewkowicz will also try to get his boxer in the ring with Ramirez, who is promoted by Top Rank.

"Benavidez is the WBC champion and that is the only that matters. Until something very important comes up, he will defend this 'green and gold' until the end. If Ramirez is not interested in a unification, [Benavidez] will defend the title," Lewkowicz concluded.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nick_viking on 02-22-2018

I don't feel Groves has many fights left in him, I would think he'll fight in the final of the WBSS (if fit) then against the winner of Degale v Truax. Might sneak in a Benavidez / Zurdo fight before…

Comment by Mrbamladen on 02-22-2018

I'd love to see him vs zurdo. If that can't get made, he should give degale a title shot and beat him in the UK. Call groves out afterwards. Should get good steam going for those two to unify. Especially…

Comment by DuckAdonis on 02-22-2018

If i Was Benavidez i would face someone like The Dirrell Brothers first

Comment by HarvardBlue on 02-22-2018

Benavidez is special. I think he could beat them both.

Comment by Baltimore on 02-22-2018

I like Benavidez’s chances vs anyone in the division. I think he’s the real deal.

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