Sampson Lewkowicz, promoter for undefeated two-time WBC super middleweight world champion David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez, has sent the following letter to the WBC, requesting they reinstate Benavidez into their super middleweight rankings.
After failing to make weight for what would have been his first defense of the WBC strap against Roamer Alexis Angulo on August 15, the WBC graciously installed Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs) as their #1 contender at the light heavyweight limit of 175-pounds.
Benavidez battered, broke down and stopped Angulo inside the distance, in what was the main event from the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.
There are many who felt Benavidez was moving up to pursue another world title.
However, after consulting with physicians in his hometown of Phoenix, Team Benavidez say they’re confident the pandemic played a major role in Benavidez’s weight problems and that 168-pounds is still a safe weight to make for the 23-year-old Benavidez.
Benavidez was stripped of his WBC title by weighing in 2.8 pounds over the super middleweight limit but went on to score a dominating 10th round TKO over Angulo.
Lewkowicz says he’s requesting the WBC place Benavidez in the super middleweight ratings in a position where he can secure an elimination fight and start the road to regaining his championship.
The WBC recently ordered a fight for the vacant belt between mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim and Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez.