Benavidez Stops Andrade; Is Canelo Next?
Prior the fight, both fighters knew that a win would set them up for an undisputed fight with Canelo Alvarez. And with Benavidez being the heavy favorite the fighter could have been overwhelmed by the pressure. After all, Andrade did pose some problems early on. The former’s southpaw stance took Benavidez some getting some used to, as Andrade landed consecutive left hands to calm the nerves.
Andre Starts Well
Thereafter, Andrade’s confidence grew with an 11-punch combination, showing that he was not afraid to fight on the front foot. So much so that Andrade punched after the clinch, resulting in a warning from the referee in round two. Nevertheless, the fight all changed in the third after Benavidez landed a huge right hand. And with Andrade now having tasted the power, the boxer never looked the same. In the following round, the Mexican Monster landed a right hand as Andrade took a knee. The swelling from his right eye became more visible as it was backs against the wall.
Benavidez Drops Andrade
Although Andrade made it to the next round, the writing was on the wall. The boxer had repeatedly dropped his mouthpiece, which resulted in another warning from the referee. But it was all in vain as Andrade’s camp threw in the towel after round six. The win keeps Benavidez undefeated with the chance to fight for undisputed. As for Andrade, the boxer came up short in the biggest fight of his career.
“I dipped his left hand and came over with a right that hit right on the button. I knew I had to keep the pressure on because I knew he wasn’t going to keep taking those shots. I think I just [solidified] myself as, you know, the dominant performer that I am and I think it was a reminder to let everyone know who the f— the real champ is at 168. They want to see me vs. Canelo and that’s what we want too. I’m the youngest super middleweight champion of the world, three-time world champion, now just give me the fight that we all want to see. Who wants to see David Benavidez vs. Canelo? Let’s get it,” Benavidez
“I thought overall I did everything I needed to do to get the bigger man off me. David’s definitely a hell of a fighter,” Andrade said. “Nobody was even willing to get in the ring with him. I tried to become a three-division world champion. That’s not far-fetched. David was the man tonight. Congratulations to him and his family. We move on, and we’re going to keep pushing,” Andrade
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