David Benavidez Eyes Jermall Charlo Fight, Rematch With Anthony Dirrell
Former WBC Super-Middleweight Champion David Benavidez wants to stay active and he’s got two fights in mind.
Benavidez is coming off a dominant display against Ronald Ellis. Benavidez scored the 11th-round TKO finish over Ellis in his first bout since August 2020. He is hoping to get right back in the title hunt.
Benavidez is undefeated, so he was never beaten for the WBC gold. He was stripped of the title after failing to make weight for his bout with Roamer Alexis Angulo. Benavidez ended up making weight for the Ellis fight and he hopes that those issues remain in the past.
Speaking to BoxingScene.com, Benavidez discussed his future goals and expressed his belief that Jermall Charlo is ducking him.
“I want to fight [Jermall] Charlo. He said he was going to move up to 168. Now he’s backpedaling and (plans to stay) at 160.
“I’m willing to fight anybody. If anybody thinks I’m an easy task, come see me in the ring. I’ll show you otherwise. I’m not scared of nobody. I’m not hiding from nobody. It doesn’t matter. Put a date on it, and that’s where I will be.”
Back in September 2019, Benavidez defeated Dirrell via ninth-round TKO. Benavidez wants to get back inside the ring with Dirrell as well.
“I’ll definitely fight Anthony Dirrell again. I’ll stop him faster than I did the first time. I have a family to feed, this is my job. I’ll fight whoever they tell me.”
Time will tell whether Benavidez will fight for gold next or if he’ll need another bout or two more before he can contend once again.