David BenavŪdez vs. David Lemieux
Final Press Conference
Unbeaten two-time world champion David ďEl Bandera RojaĒ
BenavŪdez and former world champion David Lemieux went
face-to-face at the final press conference Thursday as they
previewed their 12-round showdown for the vacant Interim WBC
Super Middleweight Title which headlines live on SHOWTIME
this Saturday, May 21 from Gila River Arena in Glendale,
Ariz. in a Premier Boxing Champions event.
The press conference also featured hard-hitting Cuban
prospect Yoelvis Gůmez and Mexicoís Jorge Cota, who meet in
the 10-round super welterweight co-main event, and unbeaten
prospects Luis ďThe TwistĒ NķŮez and Jonathan Fierro, who
duel in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXINGģ telecast opener at
10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Sampson
Boxing and TGB Promotions, are on sale now and are available
for purchase through Ticketmaster.com at the link HERE.
The 25-year-old BenavŪdez has twice captured super
middleweight gold throughout his career, including becoming
the youngest super middleweight champion in boxing history
by defeating Ronald Gavril on SHOWTIME in 2017 at just 20
years old. Now he will look to move closer to a third world
title against Montrealís Lemieux, a former middleweight
champion whoís won three-straight bouts since moving to 168
pounds full time in late 2019.
Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday from the AZ
Blue Club at Gila River Arena:
ďIíve had a tremendous training camp and everything has been
perfect. The miles have been run, the rounds have been
sparred and the weight has been lost already. I came in
extremely prepared for this fight. We both have a lot of
knockouts, so Iím just looking forward to giving the fans a
ďI really want to go in there and earn this title. I have a
lot of respect for Lemieux and Iíve been watching him since
I was young, but he has a lot to worry about with me. Iím
faster and stronger, but heís got the experience, so this is
going to be a great fight.
ďIím 100% focused on Lemieux. Iím focused on the task in
front of me. I just take it one fight at a time. I like to
put everything into the fight and figure out the rest later.
I know Lemieux is very motivated for this fight, so my mind
is 100% on him.
ďI can guarantee a hell of a fight, a war, and that somebody
is getting knocked out. Neither of us wants to go to a
decision. The people are paying good money to see a
knockout, and thatís what theyíre going to get. Iím leaving
with the title on Saturday night.
ďI didnít see my son for four months so Iím happy to be here
and be around him again. I locked myself away for training
camp and now Iím just excited to be here.
ďLemieux has a great resume with a lot of knockouts and I
feel like heís probably one of the most dangerous fighters
Iíve faced. The only guys who are more dangerous than him,
havenít stepped up and taken the challenge.
ďIíve given Lemieux the respect he deserves. Iím already on
weight and Iíve done everything right in training. Now Iím
just ready to go in there and get a big victory.
ďI want the big names. I feel like Iíve earned it. Iíve been
champion twice and now Iím fighting for another belt. Iíve
been wanting to fight the other big fighters, but they
havenít accepted the challenge.
ďI donít want to act like Iím just going to go in there and
knock him out like itís nothing. Sometimes fighters who you
donít think arenít going to give you problems end up giving
you problems. We have to see what happens, but I do feel
like Iím going to get him out of there eventually.Ē
ďWhen you want to become the world champion, you have to
beat the best guy out there. Right now, BenavŪdez stands in
front of me. Thatís who I have to beat to be the world
champion. Everybody knows that BenavŪdez is a very good
fighter, but I think people are going to see that Iím a
serious contender in the super middleweight division when I
get that belt around me.
ďItís a big challenge, but Iím confident. I had a tremendous
training camp for this fight. Weíre ready physically and
mentally. BenavŪdez is a good fighter. Itís going to be a
hell of a show for the fight fans because he doesnít like to
do rounds and I donít like to do rounds. Weíll see what
ďI donít run away from anybody. Iíve never avoided any fight
or any fighter. When I step in the ring, Iím the man to
worry about. In this fight, thereís a solid guy in front of
me, but Iím confident in my abilities and my strength and my
power. We had a tremendous training camp to prepare
specifically for BenavŪdez. Iím very confident in this
approach. I have a lot of experience in the ring and Iím
going to bring it on Saturday night.
ďYes, I do still have enough left in the tank. Absolutely.
Iíve been an underdog in the past and I came up with the
win. I know the difficulty that a fighter like David
BenavŪdez poses and we came well-prepared to make sure we
donít get surprised in the ring.
ďIím very confident in my team and my abilities and what I
have to do to walk out of here with that title. I have a lot
of respect for David BenavŪdez. Heís a hell of a fighter.
But the ring is the ring and I want to be a champion.
ďEverything has changed in this camp. You change the mental
just as much as the physical when you are fighting against a
guy like David BenavŪdez. The guy is a bully and a brutal
fighter. You change your work ethic in the gym. You punch
harder. Youíre more vicious. Everything is times ten.
ďI bring power. Knockout power. I donít care that heís the
so-called boogeyman of the division. Heís the fighter in
front of me and Iím not scared of anybody. Iíll fight
anybody. Iím scared of no man and on fight night, Iím
determined to become champion.
ďHeís a guy who comes to fight. Iím a guy who comes to
fight. So I can promise the fans are going to have a great
time. I promise that.Ē
ďIím getting this knockout on Saturday night. Iím Not
overconfident, just very relaxed. Iíve fought only five
times as a pro, but Iíve had big amateur fights in my past.
Iím just going to have fun on Saturday night.
ďI want Cuban people to know that I feel their love and
support across borders. Iím very excited to have their
support like that.
ďThe knockout depends on how my opponent comes out to fight.
However, if Cota comes out like I expect him to, donít be
surprised if the fight is over in the first round.
ďMy fists are going to dictate how long the fight lasts. I
wish him and his team nothing but the best, but itís ĎViva
Cubaí on Saturday night.
ďIf he feels that itís disrespectful that Iím fighting him
so early in my career, then he better show it in the ring.Ē
ďHe will absolutely get a boxing lesson and get a lot of
rounds on Saturday night. Thatís what we came here for. I
came here to show him what true experience and the true
caliber of my quality is worth. Viva Mexico!
ďI felt that it was an insult for me to be scheduled against
somebody that only had five fights under his belt. To be
honest with you, it did feel disrespectful. But Iím okay now
and Iím here and ready to show what Iím worth.
ďI guarantee that youíre going to have a super spectacular
show. Anytime that Iíve fought on a PBC card, it has been a
war and something to be witnessed. Watch out, we may just
steal the show on Saturday night.Ē
ďThis fight is just as important to me as the ones that have
come before and the ones that will come after. I will say
though, Iím definitely going to win this fight.
ďI know that I have what it takes to showcase my talent on
Saturday night. My goal is to show everyone watching that
Iím here to stay.
ďHe can say that I donít have the power to beat him. He can
say whatever he wants. Iím going to do my talking in the
ring on Saturday night and show everyone that I have enough
power and more.
ďIím proud that the Dominican Republic is recognized for
baseball, but Iím going to show Fierro that weíre also going
to be recognized for boxing, thanks to me on Saturday
ďThis fight is going to open up doors for me. I believe that
Luis holds the key for me. Iím well aware that heís
unbeaten, but I believe in my ability to be able to hold the
key, open that door and go through it.
ďThe Dominican Republic is recognized mostly for baseball.
Mexico is recognized for boxing. Iím going to showcase why
thatís the case and why Mexico is the hotbed of boxing while
the Dominican Republic is the hotbed of baseball. On May 21,
Luis is going to see firsthand what itís like to fight
against a Mexican fighter.
ďWe came here fully prepared and there is no thought at all
about being nervous. I was born without fear.
ďIím going to take advantage by attacking his body, and I
know that he will be looking to land his hook. Iím going to
listen to what my corner tells me to do in order to avoid