Dirrell: Benavidez is Not What Everyone Makes Him Out To Be!

WBC super middleweight champion Anthony "The Dog" Dirrell is not impressed with undefeated challenger David Benavidez. (photo by Ryan Hafey)

The two boxers were scheduled to face each other in the past, but injuries and other issues forced them in separate directions.

Dirrell will defend the belt against Benavidez on Saturday night, as part of the Errol Spence vs. Shawn Porter undercard at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The card will be carried by Fox Sports Pay-Per-View.

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 Benavidez is known for his knockout power, but Dirrell is not worried.

"This is going to be a good fight. David Benavidez is a warrior and I don't take anything away from him. But I know that I have all the tools to beat him. He's never fought someone like me. Everyone he knocked out, he was supposed to knock out," Dirrell said.
"I have everything I need in my arsenal. I'm versatile. I can switch it up if I need to. If I need to sit in the pocket, I can. If I need to box, I can. I just don't think Benavidez is what everyone makes him out to be. I'm going for the knockout. I go for the knockout in every fight. If it doesn't happen, I can still go 12 rounds and come out victorious.

Dirrell realizes that some critics view him as the underdog, but he's not concerned about that.
"This win would build my legacy. Some people expect me to lose, and I'm happy about that. This just takes my career to another level," Dirrell said.

"I'm not looking past this fight. I'm focused on David Benavidez. After this fight I can talk about unification or whatever. Put first I have to take care of David. I've seen Benavidez fight before. My coaches have watched him closely and will come up with the game plan. He's quick, but we'll be ready."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Phill lynott on 09-23-2019

Untill I see a supermiddleweight beat or even agree to fight Romero Alexis Angulo from colombia, that division has no sand! Or "cajones" as they say south of here. That old man would ko both these guys on the same…

Comment by Mike Haynes on 09-23-2019

Just be careful not to accidentally hit Dirrell below the belt because he WILL opt out.

Comment by edpboxing on 09-23-2019

I think Dirrell gives a good showing for himself, but like everyone else is saying, Benavidez is too young and too strong for him. Hypothetically, how would you view Dirrell’s Career if he wins and beats Plant in a unification?

Comment by Adamsc151 on 09-23-2019

Is this the Dirrell that stalled so long on a vacant title bout with Callum Smith, that the big scouser entered the WBSS instead? Or was that his brother, the one that took a Cristiano Ronaldo-esque dive against Uzcategui to…

Comment by Griever0730 on 09-23-2019

[QUOTE=Dramacyde;20075829]I truly believe Gavril beat Benavidez the 1st fight. No blue chip prospect has to rematch a fighter like Gavril. Benavidez is severely overrated[/QUOTE] The kid said he had some personal matters outside the ring that affected him & his…

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