David Benavidez Open To Move Up To 175 Pounds To Fight Artur Beterbiev, Dmitry Bivol And Gilberto Ramirez
The clock is ticking on David Benavidez (26-0, 23 KOs) as he tries to make a breakthrough in his career. Unfortunately for him, he is running short of opponents.
To get a career-defining fight, he is willing to move up from 168 pounds to 175 pounds and lock horns against the formidable light heavyweight champions.
“David is an animal. He trains super hard. He’s focused and disciplined. We want to stay active and keep advancing. We’ll fight anybody in order to make our history. We’re always in the gym and staying ready,” said Benavidez Sr.
“If the Artur Beterbiev fight is presented to us, we’ll definitely take it. We are open to testing the waters at 175 pounds. I would also love a fight with Dmitry Bivol. They have sparred before. Gilberto Ramirez is another fight we want. We’re ready. If no one wants to fight at 168, we’re going to have to move and bounce back up and down. We’re ready to test our skills and give the fans the fights they want.”
The 25-year-old has been a two-time super middleweight champion who recently surrendered his titles due to substance abuse and missing weight. Benavidez has bounced back really after the defeats he sustained in the earlier stage of last year. Most recently, he stopped of David Lemieux in three rounds.
“People don’t want to fight him. The Charlos don’t want to fight him. Caleb Plant doesn’t want to fight him. David Morrell doesn’t want to fight him. Demetrius Andrade doesn’t want to fight him. At the end of the day, we can’t force these guys to fight David.”