David Benavidez makes a name for himself
Super middleweight David Benavidez, 16-0 (15) scored a 10th round TKO over Denis “Momma’s Boy” Douglin, 20-5 (13), on Friday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Fighting in the main event of the ESPN-televised Premier Boxing Champions card, “El Bandera Roja” dropped Douglin in round nine and kept the pressure on until the referee stopped it in the following round.
If the name “Benavidez” rings a bell, it’s because his older brother Jose has brought the family surname to the forefront in boxing over the last couple of years as he has run his record to 25-0 (16). Jose also picked up the interim WBA junior welterweight title back in 2014. While Jose continues his return to title contention, the other Benavidez, rising contender David is making quite a name for himself.
David is younger but he’s also bigger than Jose. However, he does share his desire to wrap a world title belt around his waist. For now, he is working on improving his game, gaining an identity in the ring and moving up in the rankings. And while it’s early days yet, with no need to rush, being just 19, a buzz is developing for the hard-hitting, Phoenix, Arizona resident.
While he is still learning his craft, David is big, strong and aggressive, has power and a crowd-pleasing style. So far, the fans like what they see.
Benavidez has already racked up 16 straight wins in only three years after turning professional in the summer of 2013, as a 16-year-old in Mexico, where he fought his first seven bouts. He closed out 2014 with his eighth win in December of that year, his first fight in the United States. Since then, he has racked up nine straight wins in in the States and has been turning some heads.
Standing 6-foot-2, he doesn’t turn 20 until December and is still growing. But for now he is mining the crop in the 168-pound division and is improving all the time.
Benavidez is still working on what style suits him best in the ring. At times, he uses his size and strength on the inside, while, at other times, he uses his height and reach from the outside. On Friday, he also showed patience and composure, kept his focus and remained on point late into the fight. He also showed power, hurting Douglin several times throughout the bout before getting him out 35 seconds into the final stanza.
After the fight, fresh off his fourth knockout in as many wins this year – and eighth straight stoppage since his American debut – Benavidez gave his thoughts on the fight and how he is feeling, moving forward.
“I knew it was going to be a tough fight” Benavidez said. “I knew (Douglin) wasn’t going to go out without a fight, so I just kept using my jab. I hurt him a lot of times but I kept my cool because I knew I’d get him out of there sooner or later.”
Asked whom he would like to face in the future, he replied, “Right now, I don’t think about that. I’m just trying to progress in my career. I’m not trying to call nobody out.”
However, down the line, just like older brother Jose, he has his sights set on tangling for a trinket.
“If I do, it would be whoever is a champion at that weight. Whoever it is, I’m going to work hard to get to that spot,” he said.
Also, in a 10-round welterweight bout, Alejandro “El Charro” Luna, 21-0 (15), defeated very last-minute sub Naim Nelson, 13-2 (1), via unanimous decision.