Sampson Lewkowicz, the exclusive promoter for WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez (22-0, 19 KOs), has advised BoxingScene.com that his boxer will honor the recent mandate from the World Boxing Council - which directs his boxer to make a mandatory defense against Avni Yildirim.
Last Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Benavidez reclaimed his world title with a ninth round stoppage of Anthony Dirrell.
Yildirim (21-2, 12 KOs), who was ringside this past weekend, lost a very close ten round technical decision to Dirrell in February. Yildirim and his handlers disagreed with the scoring of the bout - and filed a petition with the WBC.
The WBC would ultimately issue a ruling, which ordered the winner of Benavidez-Dirrell to fight Yildirim.
"Benavidez will honor the mandate from the WBC, and he will fight against Yildirim in early 2020, and then Benavidez has another commitment lined up - which we've agreed to," Lewkowicz informed BoxingScene.com.
Eddie Hearn, promoter for WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith, recently sent a letter to the WBC, with a request to order a mandatory fight with Benavidez.
While Smith is the world champion of a rival organization, he also holds the WBC's Diamond title - which gives him some leverage to secure a direct title shot with organization's current champion.
Lewkowicz is not concerned with Hearn's letter. He says a unification bout will happen when Benavidez's other commitments are concluded.
"Benavidez will make his mandatory defense in early 2020. He will then have a year before another is due. After Yildirim, we already have another commitment, and then we will look at unifications. Hearn can get in line. If he wants, he can make his request at the WBC's convention in Cancun [October 20-26] - but he better show up on time, because the last time he came to a convention he showed up late," Lewkowicz said.