The return of David Benavidez has hit a bit of a snag. The WBC Super-Middleweight Champion is no longer the holder of the belt following the pre-fight weigh-ins early Friday.
Benavidez (22-0), who is set to fight Roamer Alexis Angulo inside the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT on August 15, missed weight for the bout. He came in at 170.8 pounds, well over the 168-pound limit. As a result, he can no longer fight for the title.
Luke Thomas and Brian Campbell pointed out the ramifications of Benavidez missing weight during the weigh-ins. Speaking with the two, Benavidez stated he was disappointed and he blamed himself. He worked for over an hour to lose three pounds and nothing was able to come to fruition. Due to COVID-19, there are restrictions on weights and what he can and can’t do.
“I put the blame on myself,” Benavidez stated during the broadcast. “Those last three pounds wouldn’t come off. Maybe not having the proper things I needed: a sauna and I was only able to go to the gym for an hour a day since I got here. It’s a couple of different things. I’m very disappointed.”
Making his boxing debut in 2013, Benavidez beat Ronald Gavril for the vacant WBC Super-Middleweight Title. He would end up winning the rematch against him to retain the belt. The 23-year-old would win a bout against J’Leon Love and would then beat Anthony Dirrell via TKO back in September.
This is not the first time Benavidez was stripped of the belt. He tested positive for drugs in 2018 and received a four-month suspension by VADA. He returned in March 2019 and would beat Dirrell to win the title back.
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. Since he made weight (167.6), Angulo will be able to win the title.
Both fighters in the co-main event, Rolando Romero (134.8) and Jackson Marinez (135), both made weight. A premier fight between heavyweights Otto Wallin (241.8) and Travis Kauffman (234.25) will also be going on as planned. 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.
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.