Nobody would have blamed David Benavidez if he decided to move up in weight. After all, his body would not allow him to weigh the necessary 168 pounds to keep his WBC Super-Middleweight Title last weekend. Despite that, however, Benavidez is not giving up.
On August 15 inside the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, Benavidez (23-0) beat Roamer Alexis Angulo via corner retirement TKO. Remaining undefeated in the ring, Benavidez would end up losing something during the week. He lost his super-middleweight title for the second time after coming into the weigh-ins a few pounds over the limit. Many were wondering if he would be able to remain at the weight class he is at.
“I’m definitely gonna give it one more try,” Benavidez stated, via Boxing Scene. “I’ve gotta clean myself up, clean my diet up a little bit more. You know, I thought my diet was already solid. You know what I mean? But we’re definitely gonna come a little bit more prepared next time. You know what I mean?
“People are judging me, you know, making it seem like I’m a super-undisciplined fighter, this and that, because I missed weight one time. You know what I mean? It’s not fair, but it is what it is. But I’m definitely coming back to 168.”
Benavidez now has 20 wins via some form of knockout. He was initially stripped of the belt after testing positive for cocaine.
The 23-year-old Benavidez will now have to watch as the WBC Super-Middleweight Title is once again on the line without him. The WBC announced that they have ordered a fight between two top competitors for the belt.
Disappointed but confident, Benavidez believes he can win the title back. He will look to find a way to change how he prepares for fights as he gets ready for another redemption story.