Tonight’s Live Boxing Results: Benavidez Vs. Andrade, Charlo Vs. Benavidez Jr
Undefeated WBC interim super middleweight champion David Benavidez will try and show that he’s the real thing tonight against the experienced former two-division world champion Demetrius Andrade in the headliner on Showtime pay-per-view. There’s a lot riding on this contest for both fighters, particularly Benavidez (27-0, 23 KOs).
The results of the live boxing action will be shown below of tonight’s fights on Showtime.
For the ambitious 26-year-old Benavidez, he’s got to prove to the world that he’s not just some big guy who takes advantage of his much smaller opponents.
Main Showtime pay-per-view card at 8:00 pm ET
David Benavidez vs. Demetrius AndradeJermall Charlo vs. Jose Benavidez Jr.Subriel Matias vs. Shohjahon ErgashevHector Luis Garcia vs. Lamont Roach
Benavidez has got to show that he has real ability, and thus far, his past opposition has been on the ordinary side, making him look better than he is.
The 35-year-old Andrade is a step up from the commonplace guys that ‘Mexican Monster’ Benavidez has faced during his ten-year pro career, but not a huge step up. Benavidez has talent flak by not choosing the dangerous David Morrell, whom his dad, Jose Benavidez Sr., didn’t want him to fight for a variety of reasons.
Preliminary card on YouTube below at 6:00 pm ET
Sergey Lipinets vs. Michel RiveraVito Mielnicki Jr vs. Alexis Salazar
Benavidez has tunnel vision
“I believe it will happen because this is probably the biggest fight at super middleweight you can make. Who else is there left for him to fight? I think he’ll face a lot of criticism,” said David Benavidez to Boxing News about Canelo Alvarez needing to face him next if he’s victorious tonight against Demetrius Andrade.
Unfortunately for Benavidez, undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez isn’t expected to face him in his next fight in May, as he’s reportedly in negotiations to defend against unbeaten former WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia.
If Canelo wins that fight, it’s unclear who he’ll face, but it’s probable that he’ll go in the direction of one of these fighters:
- Edgar Berlanga
- Terence Crawford
- David Morrell
- Dmitry Bivol
It would obviously anger Benavidez to no end to see Canelo face Berlanga, Crawford, or Morrell in September 2024, as he would feel that he should get his chance to fight the ‘Face of Boxing‘ ahead of those guys, as he’s been toiling away at super middleweight for the last decade, albeit facing so-so opposition.
“Not only from the people but from the boxing legends, like Juan Manuel Marquez, Barrera, and so many other fighters like Oscar De La Hoya,” said Benavidez about these fighters wanting to see Canelo fight him.
“They want to see this fight. Even Floyd Mayweather said he would like to see this fight,” Benavidez continued about his dreams of facing Canelo next.
It doesn’t matter who these legends want to see Canelo fight. He and his trainer/manager, Eddy Reynoso, will decide who they want, not old guys who are no longer in the game.
Why isn’t Benavidez taking risks by fighting the best?
Benavidez could really help himself if he stopped cherry-picking his opposition after tonight’s fight with 35-year-old Andrade because he’s not helping himself further his goal of getting the Canelo fight by facing this type of opposition.
If Benavidez wants that fight, he’s got to show some real courage and stop being so strategic & calculated in choosing his opponents because it’s so apparent that he’s just trying to stay unbeaten by swerving the dangerous guys like Morrell, Dmitry Bivol & Artur Beterbiev, and targeting lower quality fighters either past it were never that good to begin with.
“In my opinion, it’ll definitely be made soon, probably in the next year and a half,” said Benavidez about a fight with Alvarez. “Me cleaning out this division, fighting all these guys, I have no problems with it. I gain more experience. If we get the fight next year or in two years, I’m going to be extremely ready because I’m going anywhere.”
Three things here:
1. The Canelo fight probably won’t be happening soon for Benavidez.2. Gaining experience against old guys won’t help him.3. Benavidez will be forced to move up to 175 or cruiserweight soon because he’s already on borrowed time with the way he’s boiling himself down to fight at 168, a weight class well below his enormous frame.
“I have my plan, I have my vision, and I know I’m going to accomplish it,” said Benavidez. “It wasn’t a solid performance from Charlo’s end. I expected a lot more. You can’t really discredit Canelo or Charlo by that performance.”
It sounds like Benavidez is obsessed with Canelo, believing that if he beats him, it means he’s the s***, when in fact, it would translate to a fighter/weight bully, who should be campaigning at light heavyweight or cruiserweight against guys his own size, is using his mammoth frame to defeat an older, smaller guy that started his career at 147.
“Charlo is a really good fighter. If he wasn’t doing anything in that fight it’s probably because Canelo is just that good,” said Benavidez. “But we want to see Canelo fight a true super middleweight, not someone that is coming up from 154,” said Benavidez.