David Benavidez vs. David Lemieux: Fight prediction, undercard, start time, odds, how to watch

The former world champions square off Saturday night when David Benavidez takes on David Lemieux with the interim WBC super middleweight championship on the line. Action from Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona and airing live on Showtime beginning at 10 p.m. HEY.

The winner of the fight also becomes one of several mandatory challengers for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, putting another potentially huge prize on the table.

Benavidez (25-0, 22 KOs) has proven time and time again that he is one of boxing’s brightest talents, but his own missteps have steered him away from bigger things in the past. He twice lost the WBC super middleweight championship, once after testing positive for cocaine and once for underweight. Had Benavidez not been stripped for lack of weight, he almost certainly would have met Alvarez in the ring by now in the Mexican superstar’s quest to unify all four world titles at 168 pounds.

“I had a great training camp and everything was perfect. The miles were done, the rounds were done and the weight has already been lost,” Benavidez said at the final press conference. “I came in extremely prepared for this fight. We both have a lot of knockouts, so I’m just looking forward to giving the fans a war.

“I really want to go out there and win this title. I have a lot of respect for Lemieux and I’ve watched him since I was young, but he has a lot of issues with me. I’m faster and stronger, but he has problems. experience, so it’s going to be a great fight.”

With his size, power, tenacity and high volume output that includes a hammer blow, Benavidez will enter the ring a substantial favorite at -2000.

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Lemieux (43-4, 36 KOs) was a monster puncher at middleweight, scoring a particularly durable knockout of Gabriel Rosado in 2014 before winning the IBF world middleweight title with a decision over Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam that saw N’Jikam hit the canvas four times.

The reward for Lemieux’s world title win was a fight against the most feared man in the sport at the time, Gennadiy Golovkin. Things would play out badly, however, as he was dominated before an eighth round stoppage. After continuing to campaign at middleweight, including a loss to Billy Joe Saunders in a WBO world title fight, Lemieux moved up to 168 pounds in December 2019.

“I am 100% focused on Lemieux. I am focused on the task ahead of me. I just take one fight at a time,” Benavidez said. “I like to put everything in the fight and figure out the rest later. I know Lemieux is very motivated for this fight, so my mind is 100% on him.

“I can guarantee a hell of a fight, a war, and someone will get knocked out. None of us want to make a decision. People pay a lot of money to see a knockout, and that’s what they’re going to To do.” obtain. I leave with the title on Saturday evening.

The undercard for this triple title on Showtime also features an interesting showdown at super welterweight and featherweight. Things open up with Luis Reynaldo Nunez taking on Jonathan Javier Fierro at 126 pounds. Nunez is a perfect 16-0 with 12 knockouts so far in his career. Additionally, Yoelvis Gomez takes on veteran Jorge Cota at 154 pounds. Gomez is an interesting prospect at just 5-0 with five knockouts on his resume. He is coming off a save from Clay Collard on his United States debut in December.

Benavidez vs. Lemieux card, odds

Odds via Caesars Sportsbook

David Benavidez-2000

David Lemieux +1000

super middle

Yoelvis Gomez-2000

Jorge Cota +1000

Super welterweight

Luis Reynaldo Nunez

Jonathan Javier Fierro

Lightweight

Prediction

The sad reality for Lemieux is that he has only one path to victory and that is to land a huge punch that will change the fight. The problem is that Benavidez is talented, tall and durable. Even if he gets dragged into a firefight rather than using his reach and working behind the jab, Benavidez has the entire advantage in the fight. One wonders if the full load of Lemieux’s power has really increased to 168 and he’s the oldest and shortest man with a lot of miles on his body. It’s hard to see the fight going Lemieux’s way against such a formidable opponent. Pick: Benavidez TKO7