What Is On David Benavidez’s Mind Heading Into Upcoming Fight?
With a title and his undefeated streak on the line, David Benavidez understands his upcoming fight against Roamer Alexis Angulo on August 15 is important. He is hoping to quickly get the job done against his opponent to focus on a fight years in the making.
Benavidez (22-0) is the current WBC Super-Middleweight Champion. He appears to have a long way to go until a potential bout against Caleb Plant. While he is not taking his opponent lightly, Benavidez is thinking about his future.
“My main goal is to get to Caleb Plant,” Benavidez stated during a Showtime press conference, via Boxing Scene. “That’s the fight I want the most. I feel like that’s the fight the fans want the most. Since, you know, we’re [with] the same promotion company, it should be fairly easy. You know, I was hoping to get that fight by the end of this year, you know, but seeing that the pandemic, it kind of messed up a lot of things. So, you know, I’m not looking past Roamer Angulo. You know, he looks like a great fighter. He looks like a strong fighter. So, I wanna get past this fight, and then hopefully, by the beginning of next year we can get to Caleb Plant.”
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 non-title bout against J’Leon Love and would then beat Anthony Dirrell via TKO back in September. The last win allowed him to get back the title after being suspended and stripped of it.
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.
While he has dismissed him as a threat, Benavidez is more than ready to face Plant. The 28-year-old Plant (20-0) beat Jose Uzcategui for the IBF Super-Middleweight Title to start 2019. He then fought a series of mandatory challengers; Mike Lee and Vincent Feigenbutz. Plant beat Lee via TKO in July on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao v. Keith Thurman. He then main evented a fight in his hometown against Feigenbutz this past February. Plant beat Feigenbutz via TKO in the 10th round to retain his title.
Benavidez was sitting right next to the ring during the latter fight. Realizing what a win could do for him, Benavidez is ready for something that could enhance his career.
“He’s a great fighter,” Benavidez went on to say. “I’m a great fighter. I just feel like, you know, we’re gonna get this fight going. There’s a lot of bad blood there, so I feel like it’s a great fight to watch.”
If he were to beat Angulo, it appears next in line for Benavidez would be Avni Yildirim. The fight between Benavidez and Angulo will be taking place inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Uncasville, CT.