Benavidez vs. Lemieux – LIVE results
By Mark Eisner: David Benavidez will be looking to win the vacant interim WBC super-middleweight title against former IBF 160lb champion David Lemieux in the main event on Showtime at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. The card kicks off at 10:00 p.m. ET on Showtime.
The two-time former WBC 168lb champion Benavidez (25-0, 22 KOs) wants to pick up the interim title to use it to get a title shot against champion Canelo Alvarez.
Boxing News 24 will be giving live updates & results below of the Benavidez vs. Lemieux card.
- Welterweight prospect Delante ‘Tiger’ Johnson (4-0, 3 KOs) destroyed Agustin Kucharski (8-5-1, 3 KOs) by a third-round knockout. The 23-year-old 2020 Olympian ‘Tiger’ Johnson knocked Kucharski two times in round three, resulting in the referee Celestino Ruiz halting the contest. The time of the stoppage was at 0:54.
- Featherweight prospect Duke Ragan (6-0, 1 KO) defeated Victorino Gonzalez (5-3, 2 KOs) by a four-round unanimous decision. The scores were 40-36, 40-36, and 40-36.
- Former WBO super bantamweight champion Jessie Magdaleno (29-1, 18 KOs) picked up his fourth consecutive victory with an eight-round unanimous decision against the overmatched Edy Valencia (19-7-6, 7 KOs). This was the first action for the 30-year-old Magdaleno since 2020. The scores were 80-72, 80-72, and 80-72.
- The always tough featherweight Adam “Blunose” Lopez (16-3, 6 KOs) defeated William Encarnacion (19-3, 15 KOs) by an eight-round unanimous decision. Surprisingly, the 26-year-old Lopez was knocked down twice by the 33-year-old Encarnacion. The normally steel-chined Lopez won by the scores 76-74, 77-74, and 77-74.
- Undefeated lightweight prospect Giovanni Cabrera (20-0, 7 KOs) had to battle hard to win a tougher than expected eight-round unanimous decision over Elias Damian Araujo (21-5, 8 KOs). The judges had it 79-72, 78-73, and 77-74.
For Benavidez, he wants the titles, and if he can defeat undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo, he’ll have four.
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“Whatever happens after this fight happens, but my only focus is on this fight against David Lemieux,” said David Benavidez to Fight Hub TV. “If I get Charlo, Caleb Plant, or Canelo next, then great, but I still got to win this fight.
“So I’m just looking forward to this fight, and my focus and attention is 100% on David Lemieux,” Benavidez continued. “Definitely the Canelo fight because that would do a lot for my career, but the main focus is to get the titles [at 168] back. That’s the main focus.
“Whoever has the titles, that’s the main guy to beat. I don’t care what that guy says,” Benavidez said about Jermall Charlo. “Let’s make it happen. We’re talking too much. I feel like he’s going to bust a brain cell in his head every time he gets asked about me.
“For me, I don’t care. I definitely want to fight him, but didn’t he slap somebody for asking about me at the press conference?
“Those people have got issues, but if they want to fight inside the ring or outside the ring, we’ll do it. I really don’t care.
“Hopefully, if that’s what they’re saying and they’re going to keep their word and get it done, and we can get it done, but I haven’t heard nothing,” said Benavidez when told that Jermall says he wants to fight him next after he defends against Maciej Sulecki in June.
“I think it happens because I feel I embarrassed him in front of a lot of people. Those people can’t be embarrassed like that. A lot of people are asking him about the fight and putting pressure on him. The walls are closing in on him, so hopefully, we can make this fight happen.
“I give respect where respect is due. Charlo is a great fighter, and I have to put a great game plan together for him. I feel like have more advantages. I’m faster and stronger, and I’m a natural 168-pounder.
“The only thing is he’s a little bit older and has more experience. I’m extremely motivated for this fight,” said Benavidez.