Who Will Be Fighting For The WBC Super-Middleweight Title?
Now that the WBC Super-Middleweight Title is vacant again, David Benavidez will look to win it back. He may have to wait, however, as there may be several competitors looking to fight for the title.
According to Boxing Scene, the World Boxing Council Board of Governors had a meeting to discuss the future of the belt. Several fighters have offered their services to compete for the 168-pound belt.
“The WBC has received a variety of petitions from many fighters wishing to compete for the WBC vacant super middle championship,” Mauricio Sulaiman stated to Boxing Scene. “The board is in the process of making such voting and the course of action will be determined shortly.”
Benavidez beat Roamer Alexis Angulo this past weekend but was unable to either retain or hold onto the title. That is a result of him being stripped of it for coming into the weigh-ins a few pounds over the limit. Benavidez, who was stripped of the title before due to cocaine use, is looking to reclaim his status of champion. There will be an evaluation to determine if Benavidez can fight at super-middleweight anymore.
Someone who will have a clear stake of championship glory will be Avni Yildirim. The Turkish fighter was supposed to face Benavidez if he were to win the bout against Angulo. Yildirim (21-2) is 5-2 in his last seven fights. His last bout was a loss to Anthony Dirrell for the WBC Super-Middleweight Title, a belt he was able to fight for after Benavidez was stripped of it the first time. Before that, Yildirim was a WBC International Super-Middleweight Champion.
Dirrell would end up losing the title to Benavidez.
As far as who else would be competing for the title, the list of names provided includes Callum Smith and Canelo Alvarez. All of these names have connections to one another.
Smith (27-0), the WBA Super-Middleweight Champion, was scheduled to face the winner of Benavidez v. Yildirim. He won two fights in 2019, last beating John Ryder in November via unanimous decision. As far as Canelo (53-1-2) is concerned, he was supposed to fight on September 12 but does not have an opponent. Canelo last fought in November, beating Sergey Kovalev for the WBO Light-Heavyweight Title. He has also won gold in the middleweight, welterweight, and light-middleweight divisions.
When it comes to a future Canelo bout, Smith is currently the “front-runner” to face him. Stay tuned, as the WBC should be making an announcement soon on the vacant title situation.