Benavidez And Andrade Both Aim To Move Up To 175

November 15, 2023
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In some boxing news, David Benavidez is looking to move past super middleweight at some point as the boxer prepares for his bout with Demetrius Andrade on November 25th, 2023. 

The WBC interim champion has long been linked with a fight against Canelo Alvarez only for talks to face stumbling blocks. The Mexican Monster has remained a mandatory for over a year, something which will remain with a win over Andrade.

But given that Benavidez is a naturally big 168-pounder, the Mexican has eyed a move up to light heavyweight moving forward. Although boxing fans are desperate to see the bout with Alvarez, Benavidez has eyed another champion at 175 pounds.

The name mentioned was Dmitry Bivol, the current WBC light heavyweight champion, as the boxer has sparred with Benavidez.

The latter has previously spoken about the sparring, signifying his belief that a win over Bivol was possible. In response, this is what Benavidez had to say. 

“After I’m done with 168, I’m going up to 175, and that’s the first fight I want. I want Bivol at 175. We had some great sparring sessions. He’s a great boxer. I’m really competitive. I want to be the best. When I was young and fat, everyone said I wasn’t going to be nothing, and that’s where the fighting spirit comes from,” Benavidez stated 

If the Canelo bout fails to materialize, then a win over Bivol would go some way to improving Benavidez’s standing. The boxer would achieve something that Alvarez failed to do after the undisputed super middleweight was comprehensively beaten via a unanimous decision.

And in doing so, a win over Bivol would open the door for an undisputed fight with Artur Beterbiev. So moving forward, there is plenty on the line. 

But before Benavidez can even think about those things, the boxer must first get past Andrade. And there is no getting away from that.

At the same time, Andrade has also set his sights on a move up to 175 at some point in the future. The undefeated fighter is a two-weight world champion, whose success has come at 154 and 160.

Therefore, moving up to 175 to face the big hitters such as Dmitry Bivol and Artur Beterbiev would be a tough task. After all, the latter has a 100 percent knockout rate. And yet, if Andrade does manage to overcome the Mexican Monster, then a run at light heavyweight could occur. 

“I think I have the talent and skills to fight the right guys at light heavyweight. I’m dumb but not stupid,” Andrade

Moving forward, both Andrade and Benavidez have major hurdles to overcome. But a win would go a massive way into boosting their aspirations moving forward.

Although a loss for Benavidez would not be too damaging in that the boxer has still yet to hit his prime, a defeat for Andrade could be costly given that he is at the latter parts of his career. And at the age of 35, Andrade cannot afford too many slip ups.

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