By Jerome Souza (@Jerome510)
Hopefully this coming winter fight fans will get treated to another glimpse into the future of the Super Middleweight Division. Rising star David Benavidez spoke with FirstClassBoxing.com about his future in the sport. David is the younger brother of undefeated welterweight star Jose Benavidez Jr. At 19 years old, David has already compiled a record of 16-0 with 15 KO. As fighter under the Premier Boxing Champions, Benavidez has made appearances on fight cards broadcasted on CBS, Fox, Espn, and Showtime. Did I mention he was only 19?
Turning professional in Mexico at the age of 16, David’s training is incomparable to that of other Super Middleweights his age. When asked about sparring with current and former champions such as Kelly Pavlik and Gennady Golovkin, “it gave me a lot of confidence in my own game”. David is 6’2, with long arms and a lot of power in his punches. He was sought after to spar to help others in preparation but now he concentrates on his own future shot at the title. David is in no rush for that shot and nor should he. “In about a half of year or year I’ll be ready for a title shot”.
At the top of the Super Middleweight Division is fellow undefeated Mexican star, Gilberto Ramirez. But David knows he has to pay his dues to get accomplish what Ramirez has done. Not one to call out other fighters, David simply states, “We’ll be ready for anybody, whoever they put in front of me”.
His promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz, has already tabbed David Benavidez as the next great Mexican star. When asked about his promoter’s vision of his future, David said, “I feel like what have what it takes, and we put in the work that’s needed and I feel like I can be the next star”.
When that time comes, David already has his venue of choice, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. After fighting there earlier this year, David can’t wait to headline there in the future. “The atmosphere there and the crowd is just insane. The feeling you get when you fight there in front of all those people is amazing”
With only one decision on his record, FirstClassBoxing.com asked David if he was more than just a power puncher, “It’s not really about power, it’s more about technique. Going in there, breaking a guy down. Starting off with a jab, killing the head, and then moving down to the body”. David continued with, “It’s not always about power. It’s about doing things correct and getting the [decision] or the knockout.” When asked about game-plans before his fights, David said he keeps it simple but makes sure he knows who he’s fighting that night, ““We always have the same game-plan but every fighter is different. The jab and the body is always the game-plan”.
In having an overall larger frame, FirstClassBoxing.com asked David which fighers of the current or past he would compare himself to. David said he possesses “similar qualities as Tommy Hearns. 6’2, long arms, and punching power”. David also named Roy Jones Jr, Prince Naseem Hamed and Marco Antonio Barrera as fighters he enjoyed watching growing up.
Being only 19 and still growing, David also said he won’t fight as a Super Middleweight forever. “Within time I’ll go to 175”. But for the next few years, he will continue to compete at 168lbs.
Another thing working in David’s favor is that he’s only had one trainer, his father, Jose Benavidez Sr. David said they have a very close relationship, “I wouldn’t want anyone else to be in the corner besides my dad, we’re always on the same page. We always know what each other is thinking”.
FirstClassBoxing.com asked David if there’s a type of fighter he wants the fants to view him as, “I don’t want to just be known as a power puncher. I want to be known as a technical fighter. Someone who does things right. Someone who breaks a guy down. I just want to be an exciting fighter. I want to give the fans too great fight too all the time cause if it wasn’t for the fans we wouldn’t be in the position we’re in. I love to give the fans a great fight and I want to be an exciting fighter for the fans.”by