By Ryan Burton
Newly crowned WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez (19-0, 17 KOs) is thrilled to be the youngest champion ever in the division but his victory over Ronald Gavril (18-2, 14 KOs) left a bit of a sour taste in his mouth.
The win was a split draw in which some observers felt that Gavril deserved the nod. Benavidez started out strong but Gavril came on at the end and floored Benavidez in the 12th round.
Benavidez felt that he did more than enough to deserve the victory but admitted that Gavril was better than he originally thought.
"If he wants rematch we can do that but if not I will fight anybody. He took a lot of shots, his defense was better than I thought it would be but at the end of the day I did better in that fight and I would love to fight him again because I know his style and what he is going to bring and I know what I want to work on," Benavidez told BoxingScene.com.
"I felt I could have done so much better but I kind of hurt my left hand in that fight but I didn't say anything after the fight because I don't make excuses. I had to deal with something in the fight and I won the fight and now that I have seen his style and see the way he comes straight forward so I will do way better than I did in the first fight."
Sampson Lewkowicz, who promotes Benavidez recently said that the rematch is being negotiated for January. Benavidez said that he would like the rematch to eliminate any doubt that people may have.
"(I) just want to show everybody who thinks he beat me that I won the fight and when I do fight him I will show you how I do it," said Benavidez.
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