David Benavidez, Otto Wallin Ready To Put On A Show
Everything is on the line for two fighters looking to prove they belong at the top of their divisions. One fighter is looking to defend a title while the other is hoping to prove his close affair against a world champion wasn’t a fluke.
Inside the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT on August 15, David Benavidez will defend his WBC Super-Middleweight Title against Roamer Alexis Angulo. One of the other featured bouts of the night will see Otto Wallin return to action against Travis Kauffman.
Benavidez (22-0) made his boxing debut in 2013. He beat Ronald Gavril for the vacant WBC Super-Middleweight Title and won the rematch against him. The 23-year-old would win a non-title bout against J’Leon Love and would then beat Anthony Dirrell via TKO back in September.
Not fighting for almost a year, Benavidez understands the pressures that come with being champion. If he were to win, a clash against Caleb Plant may be in his future. He has also been looked into by Canelo Alvarez’s team. Proclaiming himself the king of the super-middleweights, Benavidez has a lot of options.
“As of right now, there’s a lot to do at 168,” Benavidez stated during a press conference, via Boxing Scene. “There’s Caleb Plant, there’s Callum Smith, Billy Joe Saunders. I’m gonna be here until I make all of those fights. I have a long time, at least 10-13 years of boxing left. There are a lot of fights at 168. I want to get all these fights and once I do, then I can leave 168 and move on to 175.”
Angulo (26-1) is on a three-fight win streak. The 36-year-old won his last bout against Anthony Sims Jr. via split decision. With 22 wins via knockout, this will be his second time fighting for super-middleweight gold; he lost to Gilberto Ramirez for the WBO Super-Middleweight Title in 2018.
As he continues to climb his way up to the top, Benavidez has gained detractors along the way. Like the competition he has faced, Benavidez will look to prove them wrong.
“I don’t care if people get mad,” Benavidez went on to say. “That’s the name of the game, beating the best to be the best.”
Representing Sweden, Wallin is ready to show just how good he can be.
Wallin (20-1, 1NC) last fought in September, almost beating lineal heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury. The 29-year-old cut Fury above his eye, which was deep enough that the fight almost got called. Wallin ended up losing via unanimous decision, while Fury needed 47 stitches. Scheduled to face Lucas Browne earlier this year, Wallin had to back out following a stress fracture in his left foot. He also recovered following testing positive for the coronavirus not that long ago.
With the time off, Wallin has created a gym in his home to prepare for the bout. He is looking to take over boxing and become a true force, along with Robert Helenius.
Kauffman (32-3) is 2-2 in his last four fights and is coming off of a loss against former title contender Luis Ortiz back in 2018. He has not fought since then, as he was healing from shoulder surgery. Wallin isn’t taking his opponent lightly.
“Kauffman is a tough veteran that can both come forward or box if he wants to,” Wallin stated. “He’s a fan-friendly fighter and I have to be ready at all times. We have a great game plan as always and I’m in excellent shape. I know I have all the tools to beat Kauffman.”