Update On David Benavidez’s Future At Super-Middleweight
David Benavidez is hoping to be re-ranked in the WBC at 168 pounds.
Benavidez is a two-time WBC Super-Middleweight Champion. With an undefeated record of 23-0, many have felt the sky’s the limit for Benavidez but he’s run into some issues. Benavidez fought Roamer Alexis Angulo on August 15 but failed to make weight for the bout. Benavidez weighed in 2.8 pounds over the super-middleweight limit and was stripped of his title. Benavidez ended up winning the fight via stoppage in the tenth round.
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz has taken to his Instagram account to reveal a letter sent to the WBC asking to have Benavidez re-ranked at 168 pounds.
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TEAM BENAVIDEZ PETITION WBC TO BE PLACED BACK IN SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT RANKINGS; UNDEFEATED FORMER CHAMPION WAS PLACED IN #1 SLOT AT LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT Sampson Lewkowicz, promoter for undefeated two-time WBC Super Middleweight World Champion David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez, has sent the following letter to the WBC, requesting they reinstate Benavidez into their super middleweight rankings. After failing to make weight for what would have been his first defense of the WBC strap against Roamer Alexis Angulo on August 15, the WBC graciously installed Benavidez as their #1 contender at light heavyweight. However, after consulting with physicians, Team Benavidez say they’re confident the pandemic played a major role in Benavidez’s weight problems and that 168lbs is still a safe weight to make for the 23-year-old Benavidez. Benavidez was stripped of his WBC title by weighing in 2.8 pounds over the super middleweight limit but went on to score a dominating 10th round TKO over Angulo. Lewkowicz says he’s requesting the WBC place Benavidez in the super middleweight ratings in a position where he can secure an elimination fight and start the road to regaining his championship.
“I am writing regarding my fighter, now former two-time WBC Super Middleweight World Champion David ‘El Bandera Roja’ Benavidez, from Phoenix, Arizona.
First, let me say that while Team Benavidez appreciates your generous decision to install David as the #1 light heavyweight in your latest rankings, I am writing to inform you that David wishes to continue his career as a super middleweight. Therefore, we request that David be returned to the 168-lb ratings in a position that will make him eligible to fight an eliminator fight, with the goal of regaining the title belt he wears with great pride.
As a team, we wish to apologize for David missing weight in his last fight, a dominant tenth-round stoppage of Colombia’s Roamer Alexis Angulo. Please note that David has never before missed weight in his professional career. As his long-time promoter, I’ve seen David come into fight week roughly three pounds over the limit many times and by the weigh-in, he has used running on a treadmill, swimming in the pool and a little bit of sauna, to easily lose the last three pounds.
However, as you know, in pandemic-affected “bubble” in Connecticut, there was only one treadmill in a small room where the temperature wasn’t controllable, and he was only allowed to use it one hour per day. While it is inexcusable to not make weight, please take into consideration that the unusual fight-week conditions made the situation more difficult than usual. David was also originally scheduled to fight in April and then was forced to reset for a new date and continue to train in the limited conditions available during the pandemic.
On behalf of Team David Benavidez, we humbly request to be rated as a super middleweight and have the opportunity to fight in an elimination bout to recover the belt that David fought so hard to win. This 23-year-old warrior is proud to wear the iconic green championship belt, as it is his life’s goal to represent the prestigious WBC.
Please feel free to contact me with any further questions you may have.
Benavidez is hoping to get his weight down so he can resume business as usual at super-middleweight. The 23-year-old has beaten the likes of Anthony Dirrell and Ronald Gavril. The WBC had slotted Benavidez in as the number one-ranked light-heavyweight but it’s clear that Benavidez feels there’s unfinished business at 168 pounds.
During a press conference in August, Benavidez admitted that he has some work to do to maintain a proper weight for super-middleweight. At the same time, Benavidez feels it’s unfair of critics to say that he isn’t disciplined.