David Benavídez vs. Jose Uzcátegui
Virtual Press Conference
Unbeaten two-time world champion David “El Bandera Roja”
Benavídez and former champion José Uzcátegui previewed their
upcoming super middleweight title eliminator during a
virtual press conference Monday before they meet live on
SHOWTIME on Saturday, November 13 in a Premier Boxing
Champions event from Footprint Center – home of the Phoenix
Suns and Mercury.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins at 9 p.m.
ET/6 p.m. PT and features the much-anticipated return of
longtime contender José Benavídez, the older brother of
David Benavídez, facing Argentina’s Francisco Emanuel Torres
in the 10-round super welterweight co-main event. The
Benavídez brothers have their sights set on impressing their
hometown fans in long-awaited homecoming bouts.
Here is what the fighters had to say Monday:
“I’m going to be the same fighter I always am, ripping the
body and looking for the knockout. I like a fast-paced,
action packed fight. The fans are expecting it, so there’s
no reason to change my style now. No one has ever stopped
Uzcategui, but that’s the statement I’m trying to make.
“I’m going to go in there and do what I always do. I’m
always looking for a spectacular knockout. That’s just the
way that I train. I put my heart and soul into camp. No
matter what fight might be on the horizon, it doesn’t change
the way I prepare for a fight.
“Every time I go to sleep, I’m thinking about war on
November 13. I’m gunning for the knockout, and if I have to
go through a war to get it, then that’s what’s going to
“Uzcategui is a strong fighter. If I can’t get the stoppage,
I want to get a very clear victory. I’ve got a great game
plan and I’m prepared to bring a lot of different styles
into the ring. I know this isn’t an easy opponent, but
that’s the kind of fighter I want to be. I want to take on
the toughest challenges.
“We’ve had a lot of great sparring sessions out here in
Southern California with Gabe Rosado and Diego Pacheco. I’ve
been going up to 14 rounds in sparring sessions, so I’m not
even worried about my stamina at all.
“There’s no anxiety about fighting at home. I’m just excited
about it. I’ve worked very hard for this. It’s going to be a
great night of boxing, and I can’t wait to share the card
with my brother in the co-main event. It’s really a dream
“My main objective is to go in there and stop him. I’m the
best super middleweight in the world and I just have to show
“I know he’s coming to knock me out too, and that’s going to
make it a great fight. It’s huge for both of us to get this
win and get to the next step toward a title.
“I feel like the winner of this fight deserves the
Canelo-Plant winner. We’ve definitely put the work in
throughout our careers to earn it. I think Canelo has the
experience and power that’s going to help him get the
victory on November 6 over Plant.
“I’m doing 13 or 14 rounds of sparring and running six or
seven miles a day right now and I’m feeling strong. I
basically had two back-to-back camps with the delay, so it
was a little bit of a blessing in disguise.”
“I’m very motivated to work hard and train hard every day.
If David doesn’t think I’m a top-level fighter, then that’s
fine. I’m going to show him in the ring. Whatever
misconceptions he has, we are going to figure it out in the
ring and I will show the kind of work that I have put in and
the type of opponent that I can be.
“What happened with Caleb Plant was just a bad night. We
prepared in the wrong way and we weren’t ready like we
should have been. But on November 13, the people are going
to realize that the Plant fight was just one bad night and
we will work extremely hard to become victorious.
“I’m not going to tell you that I’m going to get the
knockout or that I’m going to stop him or anything like
that,because David is a young, strong, talented fighter who
is capable of anything, just like I am. I’m going to provide
my own speed, my own talent and my own experience. So in the
end, the winners on November 13 are going to be the fans.
“I can guarantee you that we will provide fans with a great
fight and that people will realize the type of fighters we
are. I promise I will make the most out of this opportunity
and give the fans what they deserve.
“I truly believe that the winner of this fight between me
and David deserves to fight the winner of Canelo-Plant. No
doubt about that. As far as that fight goes, I think Canelo
is going to win, and he may even knock Plant out in eight or
“This could be the Fight of the Year, I can tell you that.
The fans can expect a war between me and David. I know it’s
going to be tough, but it’s going to be a real entertaining
fight that the fans will love and we are going to put on a
show for them.”