David Benavidez and Rogelio Medina to fight for a title shot on May 20

 

Fast-rising prospect David Benavidez will look to move one step closer to a world title opportunity when he faces veteran Rogelio “Porky” Medina in a WBC super middleweight title elimination bout on May 20.

 

The bout will air on FS1 as the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions card from the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas.

 

The winner of the bout should see himself slotted into a world title fight before too long. If there was ever a bout that pitted the unbeaten prospect against the rugged, battle-tested veteran, this is it.

Medina, 37-7 (31), comes into the bout with world title experience under his belt having fought IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale in April of last year. However, Porky came up short, losing a unanimous decision. However he did give DeGale a rough go and has faced some very strong opposition in his 10-year professional career.

In a recent interview, Medina expressed that he is well aware that a win against an unbeaten prospect like Benavidez slots him right back into title contention and he plans to make the most of the opportunity on May 20.

“I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring against David Benavidez,” Medina said. “Benavidez has never faced a fighter as good or experienced as me. I have fought many world champions, and for a world title, and that is going to give me an advantage in this fight. May 20 will be my first step toward getting another title shot.”

For Benavidez, 17-0 (16), the younger brother of undefeated junior welterweight contender Jose Benavidez Jr., this is the biggest test of his career and he plans to make a statement in the fight.

In a recent interview, the Phoenix, Arizona, resident was clearly pumped up about the fight, knowing a victory over a veteran and former world title challenger like Medina could be the final step in his journey toward a world title.

“This is the biggest opportunity of my life and I’m not going to let it go to waste,” said Benavidez. “I’m going to destroy this guy like I do everybody else. I have never trained this hard for a fight and I feel that, come fight time, I’ll be extremely strong and do it up. I know (Medina)’s a tough fighter and he’s been in a lot of wars and he has a lot of experience but I’m very motivated for this fight.”

While age and records might favor the undefeated, power-punching Benavidez, he is in with a tough veteran who has seen it all and who won’t be awed by some talented prospect.

Added Medina adviser Sean Gibbons, “Benavidez is a very good fighter. He is talented and he is going to be a tough fight. But Porky is gonna bring it; he knows what a victory means in this fight and he plans to make the most of this opportunity. He’s a rugged veteran and he’s well aware of what a victory means for him. He’s coming to win.”

Questions and comments can be sent to Bill Tibbs at hwtibbs@shaw.ca and you can follow him at twitter.com/tibbs_bill.

 

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