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David Benavidez Overpowers Demetrius Andrade

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David Benavidez Overpowers Demetrius Andrade

David Benavidez (28-0, 24 KOs) overpowered yet another opponent with a sixth-round stoppage of Demetrius Andrade (32-1, 19 KOs). Following the conclusion of round six, Andrade’s corner stopped the fight. The 12-round super middleweight clash headlined Showtime’s final boxing PPV at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

David Benavidez Defeats Andrade in Style

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David Benavidez Shows His Power

In the opening round, Benavidez was keeping Andrade on the back foot. In the final seconds, “Boo Boo” threw a quick flurry. He did something similar halfway through round two, even attempting to fight on the inside against “El Monstruo.”

When at a distance, Andrade moved just enough to prevent Benavidez from landing hard shots. Whenever he was on the inside, he smothered the Phoenix-born fighter, preventing anything from landing back. In the final minute of round three, Benavidez was able to land a series of punches cleanly.

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“El Monstruo” continued to land in round four, hitting Andrade with several right hands to the body. He was rewarded with a knockdown as “Boo Boo” went to the canvas in the final seconds of the fourth. In round five, Benavidez continued to pummel his opponent with a flurry of shots to the head and body. Remarkably, the Rhode Island fighter remained standing.

During round six, Andrade stayed standing despite the heavy shots he was getting hit with. Although he attempted to fight back, he couldn’t deal with the pressure from his opponent. Following the end of the sixth, Andrade’s corner indicated he would not come out for the seventh.

Post-Fight Comments

David Benavidez

I’m the youngest super middleweight champion of the world…now just give me the fight that we all want to see. Who wants to see David Benavidez vs. Canelo?” Benavidez asked the crowd. “That’s who you guys want to see? Let’s get it!”

Demetrius Andrade

“I thought I did everything I needed to do to get the bigger man off me. David [Benavidez], definitely hell of a fighter. Nobody was willing to be able to get in the ring with him…David was the man today, congratulations to him and his family.”

Jermall Charlo Returns With Win Over Jose Benavidez

Jermall Charlo (33-0, 22 KOs) fought for the first time since June 2021 and won a unanimous decision against Jose Benavidez (28-3-1, 19 KOs). Scores were 100-90, 99-91 and 98-92.

Although Charlo is the reigning WBC middleweight champion, this clash was fought at a catchweight of 163 lbs, a limit “Hitman” missed. Despite this, the fight went ahead after Charlo gave up a portion of his purse.

The bout began with Benavidez pressing forward against Charlo, landing the odd clean shot. In the final 40 seconds of the opening round, the Louisiana born fighter landed a right hand that rocked his opponent and pushed him back. This continued into the second as Charlo would land the occasional shot that rocked Benavidez, who in turn pressed forward.

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Of the two, “Hitman” was the more relaxed. Benavidez had some offensive success throughout the fight, but it did little to deter Charlo, who continued to land the more impactful punches. At times, Benavidez would throw punches recklessly. This allowed the calm and collected Louisiana born fighter to land the eye-catching shots to the head of his opponent.

In the end, the judges saw it extremely wide for Charlo. During the post-fight interview, he said he was most comfortable at middleweight and was looking to be more active in 2024.

Lamont Roach Jr. Drops, Decisions Hector García en Route to Title

Lamont Roach Jr. (24-1-1, 9 KOs) became the latest WBA super featherweight champion with a split decision win over Hector García (16-2, 10 KOs, 3 NCs). Scores were 114-113 for García, overturned by cards of 116-111 and 114-113 for Roach. The clash opened the Showtime PPV broadcast.

Both men were cautious in the opening round, neither throwing much. A couple of body shots from Roach and a series of straight lefts from García towards the end were the only punches of note in round one. In the early rounds, “The Reaper” was the one pressing forward.

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For the most part, García and Roach were methodical in their approach. Few combinations were thrown as both fighters were content with throwing and landing one shot at a time. Many rounds were close and difficult to score. This, however, changed in the final two rounds.

A one-two from Roach visibly stunned García in round 11. The Washington D.C. born fighter began throwing and landing a variety of shots to the head. To his credit, “The Android” remained standing despite the barrage of punches.

In the twelfth and final round, Roach landed a left cross that sent García to the canvas. That knockdown was the difference between a draw and a split-decision win for the American.

Subriel Matías Overpowers Shohjahon Ergashev to Retain Belt

Subriel Matías (20-1, 20 KOs) forced a fifth consecutive opponent to retire on their stool with a fifth-round stoppage of Shohjahon Ergashev (23-1, 20 KOs). The corner retirement occurred following the conclusion of round five and before the sixth could begin. This was the second fight of the night on the PPV.

Ergashev buckled the knees of the Puerto Rican native with his first left hand of the fight. Matías recovered immediately but had trouble with the right hand of his opponent, who used it to keep him at bay. In round two, however, Matías was able to close the distance and land hard shots of his own.

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By round four, the Puerto Rican boxer was cutting off the ring and limiting the movement of his Uzbekistani opponent. This allowed him to apply significant pressure and land shots that were clearly impacting Ergashev. As the rounds went on, the Uzbek fighter began to tire as a result of the constant bodywork from Matías. By the time of the corner stoppage, the fight had become very one-sided.

With the win, “Browny,” successfully defended his super lightweight title for the first time. He picked up the belt with a stoppage victory over Jeremias Ponce in February this year, also winning in the fifth round.

Undercard Results

(Two undercard bouts were scheduled to take place after the main event. At super featherweight, Pablo Vicente (23-1, 17 KOs) took on Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov (20-1, 11 KOs) over ten rounds. Curmel Moton (1-0, 1 KO) took on Hunter Turbyfill (3-0, 1 KO) in a six-round super featherweight clash.)

Just before the PPV portion, Allen Medina (1-1, 0 KOs) won via majority decision against Alex Holley (1-1 0 KOs). A score of 38-38 was overturned by two scores of 39-37 for this four-round welterweight bout.

Israel Mercado (10-1-1, 7 KOs) won a unanimous decision against Wesley Rivers (4-4, 0 KOs) in a four-round super lightweight clash. Scores were 40-36 (x3).

Michel Rivera (25-1, 14 KOs) won via unanimous decision against Sergey Lipinets (17-3-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight bout. Scores were 97-93 (x3) and 96-94.

Vito Mielnicki Jr. (16-1, 11 KOs) knocked out Alexis Flores (25-6, 10 KOs) in the opening round of a 10-round super welterweight clash. Flores went to the canvas three times before referee Robert Hoyle waved the action off.

In an eight-round super middleweight fight, Daniel Blancas (8-0, 4 KOs) won via unanimous decision against Raiko Santana (10-4, 6 KOs). Scores were 78-73, 77-74 and 76-75. Blancas went down in round one.

Jabin Chollet (9-0, 7 KOs) won a split decision over Jorge Perez Jr. (6-1, 2 KOs) in a six-round lightweight clash. Scores were 57-56 for Perez, overturned by cards of 57-56 (x2) for Chollet. Perez went to the canvas in round five.

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Currently writing out of Toronto, Canada, Saadeq first became a boxing fan while living in Doha, Qatar. Looking to become more involved in the sport, he began writing about boxing and has had work published in outlets such as Seconds Out and Boxing Social. He looks forward to continue covering boxing on Big Fight Weekend.

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