David Benavidez Overpowers Andrade In TKO Victory

David Benavidez stopped Demetrius Andrade to retain his WBC interim super middleweight title and set up a fight with Canelo Alvarez after the latter’s corner threw in the towel after the sixth round.

The Mexican Monster did not have it his own way in the earlier rounds, as Andrade defied the pre-fight narrative that he would be boxing on the back foot. After Benavidez had landed a right to put Andrade on the ropes in the opener, the latter responded with two straight lefts to end the round on a positive note.

The second round was equally positive as Andrade fired an 11-punch combination even if the Mexican Monster blocked most of the shots. The referee then resorted to warning Andrade after he punched the boxer following a clinch. The third round, however, saw a turn in the tide. The Mexican landed a right-hand clean on Andrade, who staggered backwards.

The latter returned to his corner with swelling above his right eye. A low blow from Benavidez then suspended things momentarily. And yet, things became more troublesome with Benavidez landing another right, which sent Andrade to the canvas as he took a knee in the fourth.

Despite the attempts to finish off the fighter, Andrade made it to the end of the round. Another huge right-hand sent Andrade backwards, leaving the writing on the wall in the fifth. The latter’s mouthpiece fell out on more than one occasion, with Andrade receiving a warning. But with the damage being done, Andrade’s corner threw in the towel to bring proceedings to an end at the end of the sixth.

 

In Benavidez’s post-fight interview, he took the opportunity to once again call out the Undisputed Super Middleweight champ, Canelo Alvarez.

“I think I just [solidified] myself as, you know, the dominant performer that I am and I think it was a reminder to let everyone know who the f— the real champ is at 168. They want to see me vs. Canelo and that’s what we want too. I’m the youngest super middleweight champion of the world, three-time world champion, now just give me the fight that we all want to see. Who wants to see David Benavidez vs. Canelo? Let’s get it,” Benavidez

Meanwhile, Demetrius Andrade offered no excuses following the fight, but did offer a congratulations to Benavidez.

“I thought overall I did everything I needed to do to get the bigger man off me. David’s definitely a hell of a fighter . Nobody was even willing to get in the ring with him. I tried to become a three-division world champion. That’s not far-fetched. David was the man tonight. Congratulations to him and his family. We move on, and we’re going to keep pushing,” Andrade

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