Benavidez Stares Down Gvozdyk During Final Presser

David Benavidez faced off against Oleksandr Gvozdyk during their final pre-fight presser before their WBC Interim Light Heavyweight fight on Saturday.

The co-main event bout takes place on the Gervonta Davis vs. Frank Martin card. One fighter will become mandatory for the Undisputed Light Heavyweight Championship, which takes place between Artur Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol on October 12. Benavidez moved up to 175 after failing to get the Canelo Alvarez bout.

It is his first time at the weight class, but he will fancy his chances. He is 28-0, with 24 knockouts. In his last bout, he stopped Demetrius Andrade, a two-weight world champion. Benavidez sparred with Gvozdyk, who admitted that the Mexican Monster was the better fighter then.

Gvozdyk is 37 and at the tail end of his career. He has one defeat to his name against Beterbiev. His 20-1 record includes 16 KOs. The Ukrainian has plenty of motivation due to his country’s war with Russia. He knocked out his last two opponents as he targets a title shot. The face-off was cordial.

Press Conference

“I’m looking to steal the show. We got two more days till ‘El Monstro’ comes out, so I’m very excited…I didn’t feel like there was any reason to stay at 168 any longer. My main goal was to win all the belts at 168. Canelo is holding all the belts hostage and I’d been at 168 for the past 10 years so my naturally my body is getting bigger and I think this is just a perfect time to come up and I’m looking to capture all the titles in this class,” Benavidez

“I really don’t care about Canelo. If he didn’t want to get the fight at 168, we’re at 175 now and we’re looking to face the best here. The better the competition gets for me, the better I get myself. That’s why I’ve never shied away from no hard fights. I’ve been working with world champions since I was 14 years old, and the best has always come out of me.

“When the bright lights get turned on, I always show up. Oleksandr Gvozdyk is a great fighter. I’m prepared for him. We actually sparred when I was 21 years old. I know he’s in the best shape of his life. We’ve got two warriors going up against each other. We had a hell of a sparring session — three sparring sessions, to be exact,” Benavidez 

“I’m going to resist the Monster…I’m going to win this fight because I’m in the best shape of my life” Oleksandr Gvozdyk

Where To Watch Info

You can watch the fight in the territories below on FIGHT SPORTS.

Spain, Portugal, Greece/Cyprus, Romania, Ex-Yugoslavia, Middle East/North Africa, Israel, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde (Non-exclusive), South Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam

For Ex-Yugoslavia – Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia

For Middle East/North Africa – Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Morocco, Djibouti, Western Sahara, Yemen, Syria, Israel, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Palestine, Mauritania, Jordan, Iran, Bahrain, Oman, Tunisia, Libya, Sudan

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