A huge clash takes place for the WBC Interim Super Middleweight championship as champion David Benavidez defends his crown in a tough test against challenger Demetrius Andrade at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Benavidez comes into the fight as an undefeated fighter, with many people expecting that a win will set up an eye-watering bout with Canelo Alvarez in 2024, while Andrade comes in as an undefeated fighter also and is looking to make himself a household name in boxing.
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David Benavidez vs Demetrius Andrade information
- Saturday, November 25th 2023
- Michelob Ultra Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
- Ring walk approx. 23:00 ET
- WBC interim Super Middleweight title fight (168-pounds)
- 12 x 3 minute rounds
David Benavidez vs Demetrius Andrade odds
- David Benavidez - (-400)
- Demetrius Andrade - (+300)
Benavidez is the reigning champion coming into this bout and is 27-0 professionally, with 23 knockouts and four wins via decision throughout his career.
He initially won the WBC Super Middleweight title back in 2017 by defeating Ronald Gavril, before defending it successfully for the first time in a rematch. He then failed a drugs test and was stripped of the title before claiming it in his second fight back with a knockout win over Anthony Dirrell.
Benavidez then was stripped of the belt again after missing weight against Roamer Alexis Angulo, who he beat after he made him retire in the 10th round before back-to-back knockout wins over Ronald Ellis and Kyrone Davis. That set him up with another chance to win the interim belt where he defeated David Lemieux by knockout, before claiming a decision win over Caleb Plant last time out to maintain his undefeated record.
Andrade on the other hand is a former WBO middleweight champion and has a professional record of 32-0 with 19 knockouts and 13 decision wins.
"Boo Boo" first won his world title when he defeated Walter Kautondokwa back in 2018, before defeating Artur Akavov in his first defense with a 12th round knockout. He then beat Maciej Sulecki, Luke Keeler, Liam Williams and Jacob Quigley in title defenses before he opted to relinquish the title in pursuit of a fight with Canelo Alvarez.
After 14 months out of the ring he took on Demond Nicholson in a non-title fight and earned a unanimous decision win to set up this bout, with the winner likely to take on Canelo is a bout for the undisputed title in 2024.
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David Benavidez vs Demetrius Andrade preview
The crux of this fight is whether Andrade’s deft southpaw style can counter the size and power of Benavidez. Benavidez is not only powerful but also a driven and aggressive fighter who competes with intensity, with fantastic cardio skills that allow him to dictate the pace and tempo of a fight.
His ability to unsettle opponents with his strength and assertiveness is notable and after watching Caleb Plant achieve moderate success against Benavidez, it suggests that Andrade’s refined technique could be effective against Benavidez’s physical dominance.
Andrade is a southpaw, and David Benavidez has not faced many lefties. With that, Andrade needs to take advantage of this fight in the early rounds in the hopes of scoring points before Benavidez figures out his angles and timing. Expect Benavidez to come on strong in the later rounds once he settles in. The interim champ has shown strong cardio and the ability to pick things up as his fights go deep. If he can do that against Andrade, Benavidez will retain the interim crown.
However if he can't do that, then Andrade has the ability and power to make him pay and claim the win.
Boxing Picks: Benavidez makes a statement @ -400
Considering size, power, youth, and the right sequence of preceding fights, it all points to Benavidez being the guy to get the nod at the end of the night. While a skilled southpaw like Andrade might reveal some simplicity in Benavidez’s approach, the quality of "The Meican Monster" should have enough about him to figure out the puzzle and start to overwhelm Andrade as the fight goes on.
I’m skeptical that Andrade has the fortitude to endure Benavidez’s onslaught for 12 rounds. It seems unlikely that Andrade could suddenly develop the punching power at 168 pounds needed to deter a fighter like Benavidez.
Therefore, he’s likely facing a long fight with little chance of avoiding the brunt of Benavidez’s assault. Andrade's skill level is a bit of an unknown in honesty because of his lack of fights at the highest level in recent years, but Benavidez is undoubtedly one of the best in the world and an experienced veteran despite being just 26 years old.
Back Benavidez to retain in a slugfest that will finally see him set up a big fight with Canelo to determine the best 168-pound fighter in the world.