By Mark Elezaj
Unbeaten WBC #1 super middleweight David Benavidez (25-0, 22 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Kyrone Davis (16-3-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
Benavidez was originally set to face former champion Jose Uzcategui but the Argentine was removed from the fight after he tested positive for the synthetic version of EPO, a performance-enhancing substance that aids endurance.
Davis accepted the fight on just two weeks’ notice.
For the first three rounds Benevidez came out as the aggressor, stalking Davis, who finally stood his ground and in a close fourth round.
Davis, who continued to fight valiantly, also continued to take a lot of punishment from Benavidez as the fight continued on. The towel came in at round seven.
According to CompuBox, Benavidez landed 181 punches to just 54 from Davis.
With his victory over David, Benavidez is looking to land a fight with boxing’s Poind for Pound king Canelo.
“It was tough but I have so much condition, I’m going to keep going until he eventually stops.
“I think everybody wants to see me against Canelo. I’ll go through anybody; whoever they want me to go through.”
“I feel like I have the best shot [to beat Alvarez] because I have the most power in the division besides Canelo,” Benavidez said. “I have longer arms, as much as speed — probably even faster — and as much power, too. I’m just hungry for this opportunity.”
“Everybody wants to see me against Canelo, right? I don’t care what his assessment of my fight is but they keep putting these contenders in front of me. My last fight was a WBC title eliminator and that’s why I’m here holding my belts. They need to give me the opportunity. I’ll go through anybody. Whoever they want me to go through. If (Jermall) Charlo wants it, he can get it too. But he doesn’t want to get in the ring with me.”
~ The Fighting Voice ~