David Benavidez makes easy work of David Lemieux

David Benavidez makes easy work of David Lemieux 21 May by Joseph Santoliquito David Benavidez was in serve-notice mode. Anyone at 168 better watch out, because the rangy 25-year-old from Phoenix, Arizona, will be coming your way. Benavidez, The Ring’s No. 1 super middleweight contender, chopped up gallant David Lemieux, ranked No. 6 By Ring, in three dominant rounds on Saturday night to claim an interim title in a PBC event on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing from the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. The official end came at 1:31 of the third, after Lemieux’s corner stopped it. “Mike Tyson gave me the name ‘The Mexican Monster,’ what do you think I’m gonna do?” Benavidez said. “I just feel like I’m the strongest 168 pounder. No one can mess with me.” To his credit, Lemieux kept coming at Benavidez (26-0, 23 knockouts), despite being out on his feet. Benavidez reaches for an already wobbled Lemieux. Photo by Danielle Cortez “Lemieux is a special type of breed,” Benavidez admitted. “This guy was swinging until the end. I had to be on my p’s and q’s. He’s a tough champion, so my hat’s off to him. He’s the only one with the guts to face me.” Hopefully, Benavidez will get a title shot against WBC and undisputed super middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez. “I’m waiting for all those top guys to send me the contract,” Benavidez said. “They know what’s up. I’m right here waiting for them. I’ll put myself up against everyone. I guarantee I’m knocking everyone out. “I can get better everywhere. You can always learn. It only gets better from here. I’m just going to keep working. Facing tough guys like Lemieux just pushes me to keep moving to the next level.” Lemieux (43-5, 36 KOs) tried applying pressure early on Benavidez, who even got nailed against the ropes with a left hook within the first minute of the fight. It did not take long for Benavidez to settle. Once he found his distance, he caught Lemieux with a left hook to the chin and sent the Canadian stumbling backwards. Lemieux was never able to recover. .@Benavidez300 DROPS Lemieux into the ropes in RD 2

David Benavidez makes easy work of David Lemieux

David Benavidez makes easy work of David Lemieux

21
May
by Joseph Santoliquito

David Benavidez was in serve-notice mode. Anyone at 168 better watch out, because the rangy 25-year-old from Phoenix, Arizona, will be coming your way.

Benavidez, The Ring’s No. 1 super middleweight contender, chopped up gallant David Lemieux, ranked No. 6 By Ring, in three dominant rounds on Saturday night to claim an interim title in a PBC event on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing from the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

The official end came at 1:31 of the third, after Lemieux’s corner stopped it.

“Mike Tyson gave me the name ‘The Mexican Monster,’ what do you think I’m gonna do?” Benavidez said. “I just feel like I’m the strongest 168 pounder. No one can mess with me.”

To his credit, Lemieux kept coming at Benavidez (26-0, 23 knockouts), despite being out on his feet.

Benavidez reaches for an already wobbled Lemieux. Photo by Danielle Cortez

“Lemieux is a special type of breed,” Benavidez admitted. “This guy was swinging until the end. I had to be on my p’s and q’s. He’s a tough champion, so my hat’s off to him. He’s the only one with the guts to face me.”

Hopefully, Benavidez will get a title shot against WBC and undisputed super middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez.

“I’m waiting for all those top guys to send me the contract,” Benavidez said. “They know what’s up. I’m right here waiting for them. I’ll put myself up against everyone. I guarantee I’m knocking everyone out.

“I can get better everywhere. You can always learn. It only gets better from here. I’m just going to keep working. Facing tough guys like Lemieux just pushes me to keep moving to the next level.”

Lemieux (43-5, 36 KOs) tried applying pressure early on Benavidez, who even got nailed against the ropes with a left hook within the first minute of the fight. It did not take long for Benavidez to settle.

Once he found his distance, he caught Lemieux with a left hook to the chin and sent the Canadian stumbling backwards. Lemieux was never able to recover.