One of the more intriguing matchups is rumored to be formally announced this week for a Showtime PPV at a date in November. Interim WBC super-middleweight champion David Benavidez (27-0, 23 KOs) will defend his title against former WBO middleweight champion Demetrius ‘Boo-Boo’ Andrade (32-0, 19 KOs).
This fight is risky for the 26-year-old Benavidez, who had difficulty landing a big fight at super middleweight with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, who is busy for the foreseeable future. The fight has been rumored for about two weeks since Dan Rafael first broke the news of the fight being finalized, but then ProBoxTV was able to get the forecasted date of November for this interesting matchup.
This past weekend, ProBoxTV caught up with Jose Benavidez Sr. on the struggles of finding an opponent for his son. “Everyone is trying to fight David (Benavidez) on social media, but no one wants to step in when it comes down to signing the contract. We were negotiating with (David) Morrell, but that didn’t happen. We were negotiating with Jaime Munguia, who asked for 50/50 on the PPV. We gave it to him, and they decided not to do it.”
This fight looks to be heading towards the finish line, which Andrade desperately needs as his career has been filled with “What ifs” after winning the middleweight title. This is more risk than reward for Benavidez, but it also shows that he is staying true to his word and fighting the best available guys out there. This year continues to keep the flame going with high-profile fights, and it was much needed after a few years of matchups not being made that the fans wanted to see.