Matchup: 🇺🇸Anthony Dirrell (33-1-1, 24KO) vs 🇺🇸David Benavidez (21-0-0, 18KO)
Stakes: WBC Super Middleweight Title (Dirrell 1st defense)
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
When: Saturday, 9pm ET/6pm PT
TV: FOX PPV
Former WBC Super-Middleweight Champion 🇺🇸David Benavidez has an opportunity to reclaim the title he lost in 2018, not in the ring, but due to a failed drug test that also resulted in a suspension from the ring. Ironically, the suspension has resulted in the 22 year old now having the chance to make history as the youngest two time Super-Middleweight champion, when he takes on 🇺🇸Anthony Dirrell Saturday for the title on the undercard to the welterweight unification bout between Errol Spence and Shawn Porter.
This past March in his first return to action post suspension, the Phoenix, Arizona native showed no rust as he smoked J’Leon Love in two rounds. Afterwards Benavidez called out current WBC champion Anthony Dirrell whom he was supposed to defend his title against before being suspended.
“I saw Anthony Dirrell with the WBC belt. He can’t call himself Champion until he fights me. That’s my belt. I’m going to go get it. It’s mine.” Benavidez would say in his post fight comments.
The 34 year old Dirrell became a two time World Champion after he beat Avni Yildrim by 10 round technical decision in February to win the vacant belt. Saturday’s matchup with Benavidez is the first defense of the title for the Flint, Michigan native.
In the only other title defense of his career in 2015, Dirrell dropped a majority decision to Badou Jack, losing the coveted green belt as a result. There’s no doubt that although Dirrell holds the title, and has a huge advantage in experience in this matchup, he is the underdog, and as expected he’s using that as motivational fuel heading into the fight.
“Being an underdog is great, it motivates me. I’m fine with it because I can prove everybody wrong at the end of the day. It’s about making history. You can’t make history if you don’t go in there and take a chance.”
“I know that I can take a punch, but we’ll see if he can. He’s been dropped before, as have I. I’ve come back from worse than that though. We’re both warriors and we’re both going to be ready to give the fans something to see.”
Benavidez last 3 fights:
J’Leon Love (W KO 2)
Ronald Gavril ( W UD)
Ronald Gavril ( W SD)
Dirrell last 3 fights:
Avni Yildirim: ( W TD 10)
Abraham Han ( W UD)
Denis Douglin ( W TD 6)
Betting Man? As of Monday morning Bovada has David Benavidez as a heavy favorite at -1100, Dirrell comes in at +650.