Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

David Benavidez: I'm Hungrier Than Ever, More Motivated

By Lem Satterfield

David Benavidez vividly recalls the last time he fought in Texas, and it’s a scintillating experience the 21-year-old wants to replicate.

“El Bandera Roja” (The Red Flag) scored a three-knockdown, eighth-round TKO of former title challenger Rogelio Medina in May 2017, representing the 168-pounder’s 10th straight stoppage and his 17th in 18 victories, including 13 inside of two rounds.

Benavidez floored and finished Medina with a brutal, pin-point, head-swiveling, seven-punch combination that sent “Porky” backward and down for the last time on his rear-end as the referee ended matters at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas.

david-benavidez (14)

Benavidez (20-0, 17 KOs) returns to Texas on March 16, this time, as the co-main event as left-handed welterweight champion Errol Spence (24-0, 21 KOs) pursues his third defense and 12th straight knockout against four-division title winner Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) on FOX Pay Per View (9 p.m. ET/ 6 p. m. PT) at The Dallas Cowboys’ AT &T Stadium in Arlington, near Spence’s hometown of DeSoto.

Once the youngest world champion in division history, Benavidez will end a six-month suspension for a positive drug test of benzoylecgonine (a main ingredient for cocaine). Benavidez was stripped of his WBC crown and declared “Champion in recess” in October.

The WBC’s decision was made at the WBC convention where former champion Anthony Dirrell (32-1-1, 24 KOs) was ordered into a vacant title fight against Avni Yildirim (21-1, 12 KOs).

Dirrell will face Yildirum, of Turkey, on February 23 at The Minneapolis Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Fox (10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT), and Benavidez can challenge the Dirrell-Yildirum winner after his suspension ends on February 27.

“It’s a blessing that I’m fighting on one of the biggest cards of the year as the co-main event. What better could I ask for?” said Benavidez , speaking to BoxingScene.com on Friday night from his training facility in Seattle, Washington.

“It’s a great way to come back, and I have to put on a show for all of the people in Texas. I wanna do a high-light real knockout again like I did against Porky Medina. I can just imagine doing that in front of thousands of fans. That would really put me back on the map.”

A switch-hitting 6-foot-2 native of Phoenix, Arizona, Benavidez is trained by his father, Jose Benavidez Sr.

“I’ve dedicated my whole life and then just to have everything taken from me because I made a mistake. I feel badly for my Dad, who has been there with me through everything, investing all of his time and everything we’ve worked for. But nobody took the title from me, I basically took it from myself,” said Benavidez.

“I gave the title up. I’ve been having a hard time and I’ve been really upset with myself. But I’ve used that energy in the gym, because this has opened my eyes that everything can be taken away in a blink. It’s made me work a lot harder and made me  appreciate things a lot more. I appreciate all of the work that my Dad has done.”

Benavidez had been mandated for a September 2017 defense Dirrell, but the ex-champion pulled out due to a back injury. So a 20-year-old Benavidez earned a split-decision over replacement Ronald Gavril, overcoming an injured middle left knuckle and a final round knockdown to become the youngest world champion in division history and the sport’s youngest titleholder at the time.

Benavidez ended Gavril’s seven-fight winning streak (five by KO), but he surpassed 22-year-old Darrin Van Horn’s accomplishment in May 1991, and won his February return bout with Gavril by near shutout unanimous decision.

Benavidez sparred with former world champions Kelly Pavlik and Peter Quillin before he could even get a driver’s license, and also spent time in the ring with former 160-pound champion Gennady Golovkin while still a teen.

Benavidez debuted professionally at age 16 in Mexico in August 2013, going 7-0 with all knockouts south of the border before competing in his hometown three days after turning 18.

“It doesn’t matter who they put against me. I’m hungrier than ever. I’m more motivated than ever and I’ve been working like a madman in the gym and everything. I feel like I owe it to the fans," said Benavidez.

"I owe it to the people who have been with me since the beginning -- [promoter] Sampson Lewkowicz, [advisor] Al Haymon, [manager] Luis DeCubas, my father, my lawyer. I feel like I owe it to them to get myself in order, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”

Tags: David Benavidez image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by deanrw on 12-17-2018

"I'm Hungrier Than Ever" He must have switched to weed.

Comment by mlac on 12-17-2018

[QUOTE=N!Ck F.;19365122]He’s hungry? I thought coke makes you not want to eat...[/QUOTE] he prepared several blunts for the comedown and hes got the munchies!

Comment by N!Ck F. on 12-17-2018

He’s hungry? I thought coke makes you not want to eat...

Comment by Eastlos on 12-17-2018

Lost a lot of respect for this kid when he tried to sign w/t Top Rank even thought he had just sign a multi yr deal with Sampson boxing. Says a lot about his character when he’s willing to cross…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (4)
Top Headlines Amir Khan: Terence Crawford Is A Better Legacy Fight Than Brook Frank Warren on Wilder-Fury II, Frampton's Future, Warrington Lyon Woodstock Takes a Swipe at British Champ Sam Bowen Carlos Takam Feels Time is Right For Dereck Chisora Rematch Roach: Pacquiao, With Two Hands, Does Much Better With Floyd Reymart Gaballo, Romero Duno Get Opponents For February 9 Canelo: Beating Jacobs I'll Be One Step Away From Undisputed Brian Ceballo Staying Level-Headed, Taking Things Step By Step Ellerbe: Pacquiao Has Many Options at 147 - But Not Mayweather David Lemieux vs. John Ryder Possible For Canelo-Jacobs Card Crawford-Khan: Madison Square Garden Chosen as Site Francisco Vargas Vows Revenge: I'm Not Impressed By Berchelt Josesito Lopez Values Improvements To His Game Under Garcia Arum: Joshua Damaged His Credibility, Fury Viewed as #1 in U.S. Keith Thurman vs. Josesito Lopez - Added Undercard Fights Badou Jack: I'm a Fighter, So I Ain't Gonna Quit Pacquiao vs. Broner Replay: January 26th on Showtime Harrison-Charlo Rematch Ordered, New Final Eliminator Too Demetrius Andrade vs. Billy Joe Saunders Ordered By WBO Pacquiao: If Mayweather Can't Fight at My Level - Stay Retired News: Luis Lebron, Benson, Hamza, O'Donnell, Srour, Barlow Hearn Cautions 'Now or Never' For Whyte To Accept Joshua Offer Scardina-Kekalainen Tops Matchroom Italy Card on March 8 DiBella: After Commey Beats Chaniev, We Want Lomachenko Fury: Wilder's The One Who Has To Redeem Himself, Not Me! Khan: The Offers for Crawford and Brook Were Literally The Same Frank Warren To Wait Out Warrington vs. Galahad Purse Bid Charr Wins Appeal, Reinstated As WBA Titlist; Box-Off To Follow Miles Shinkwin Back In March, Defends English Title Frank Warren: Joshua Made Massive Mistake in Snubbing Wilder Canelo-Jacobs: NSAC To Review Venue Request at 1/29 Hearing Eubank Jr. Very Pleased With Camp Ahead of Degale Clash Caleb Plant: I'm The Big Dog at 168, They've Got To Come See Me Hearn: Wilder, His Handlers Don't Have Decency To Answer Back Chris Algieri Confident He Can Raise His Level Against Hooker Kovalev Asks Fans 'Not To Make Hasty Conclusions On Situation' Cano in Line For a Big Fight, Linares Heading Back To 135 Curtis Stevens Heading To 154: Eyes Hurd, Lara, Harrison, Munguia Pulev vs. Helenius Clash Still Be Worked Out For Crawford-Khan Broner: I'll Be Back; All You Motherf***ers Will Still Tune In!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement