David Benavidez vs. Rogelio Media WBC Eliminator
Now that sanction has officially been granted, the next
fight for red-hot undefeated super middleweight David "El
Bandera Roja" Benavidez will be an eliminator for the #2
mandatory challenger spot in the WBC's world rankings
against highly regarded contender Rogelio "Porky" Medina, of
WBC #1-rated Callum Smith and WBC #2-rated Anthony Dirrell
will fight for the vacant 168 WBC Championship (tentatively
scheduled for May), the winner of that fight must then face
undefeated WBC #3 contender, Avni Yildirim, from Turkey. The
champion at the end of those two fights will be mandated to
face the winner of the Benavidez vs. Medina eliminator.
For Benavidez (17-0, 16 KOs), who served as chief sparring
partner for middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin's recent
preparations to face Danny Jacobs, news of the fight with
Medina is a welcome development.
"This is the biggest opportunity of my life and I'm not
going to let it go to waste," said Benavidez. "I'm going to
destroy this guy like I do everybody else. I have never
trained this hard for a fight and I feel that, come fight
time, I'll be extremely strong and do it up."
Considered a boxing prodigy by many, the 20-year-old
Benavidez, who turned professional at age 16, is the brother
of former interim WBA World Super Lightweight Jose
Benavidez, and has been trained since age two by his father
Jose Benavidez Sr.
Father/trainer Jose says everyone on Team Benavidez is aware
of what's at stake against the formidable Medina, who lost a
controversial decision to IBF World Champion James DeGale's
last year, in a fight that many felt Medina won.
"We are excited and working really hard," he said. "This is
the toughest fight of his career, so we're taking it super
serious. This is a big opportunity for us to shine and look
good and go to the next level. We were training with
Golovkin here in Big Bear (California) and we've decided to
stay here and keep training until the fight."
"I know he's a tough fighter and he's been in a lot of wars,
and he has a lot of experience, but I'm very motivated for
this fight," continued David. "We have a month and a half in
training with Golovkin in camp already. Camp with him is
hard work and training here in Big Bear gets you to the next
level. The hard work I'm doing here will definitely get me
Promoter Lewkowicz says any remaining questions about young
Benavidez will be answered in this fight.
"This is the final test for David Benavidez," said Lewkowicz.
"If he does to this guy what he did to so man other
fighters, it will be time for the world to acknowledge that
David is going to be a star in boxing. This test will show
everyone that he is truly everything we've been saying he is
since he was a teenager. I am proud of the hard work he is
doing and look forward to this great victory."
Date and site for the fight are being negotiated. More
details to follow.