David Benavídez vs. David Lemieux
Main Event Media Workout
Unbeaten two-time world champion David “El Bandera Roja”
Benavídez and former world champion David Lemieux officially
kicked off fight week events with a media workout on
Wednesday ahead of 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, Arizona in a Premier Boxing Champions event.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast begins at 10 p.m.
ET/7 p.m. PT and features two exciting undercard matchups as
hard-hitting Cuban prospect Yoelvis Gómez faces Mexico’s
Jorge Cota in the co-main event, while Dominican prospect
Luis “The Twist” Núñez squares off against Mexico’s Jonathan
Fierro in a battle of unbeatens that kicks off the action.
The two-power punchers (combined 85% KO rate for Benavídez
and Lemieux) showed off their skills at Central Boxing Gym,
as they look to grab the interim title and move one step
closer to regaining world champion status with an emphatic
victory on Saturday night. For Benavídez, he will be
returning to fight in his home state for the second-straight
outing, after he knocked out Kyrone Davis in front of his
hometown fans in November.
The fighters were joined by their respective trainers at the
media event, with Benavídez’s father Jose Sr. in attendance
in addition to Lemieux’s renowned trainer, Marc Ramsay. Here
is what the workout participants had to say Wednesday:
“I definitely want to go out there and follow my gameplan. I
don’t care [if the KO] comes in the first, second, fifth or
12th round. When it comes, it comes. I visualize everything
I’m going to do in the ring.
“I just hit the weight yesterday and now everything is
amazing. We took that stress off the table after four months
of hard work. Now, I’m excited to go out there, fight for
the title and give the fans a great fight.
“It makes me happy to be able to inspire kids and to see the
smiles on the faces of the people in my city. It’s inspiring
to have them come out and support me the way that they do.
“It means the world to me to be here in my hometown with my
family – both my son and my dad. Now I know what my dad
meant when he said that once you have a child, your life
changes. My son Anthony is 18 months and he’s given me so
much motivation to be the best version of myself.I have a
newfound focus and I’m ready to conquer the division.”
“On fight night I’ll be about 180 pounds. I don’t care what
he is at. Maybe 190? It doesn’t really matter. I’ll be ready
no matter what.
“If he wants a war, he’ll get a war. I’m strong and I’ve
very confident in my abilities. I know he’s a very strong
fighter, but we have a plan going in against him. We’re not
worried and we will do what we have to do to be at our best
on fight night. David Benavídez will have his hands full on
“If you know David Lemieux, he’s never refused a fight and
he’s always taken whatever fight they put in front of him.
When we had big fights in the past, we always took them. If
you want to be a world champion, you have to fight the best.
“He’s a great fighter and you can’t take anything away from
him, but he’s never fought David Lemieux and he will see
what that means on Saturday night. I know what I’m going in
there against. Does he know what he’s going in against?”
JOSE BENAVIDEZ SR., Benavídez’s Father and Trainer
“I ran this gym for five years, and we never thought that we
would get to where we are right now. My heart beats with
pride seeing David be embraced like this. This is just the
“I never thought I would be a boxing trainer. I just wanted
to help my son achieve his goals. Now we are here and very
thankful for everything we have been given.
“We are very focused on a hard-hitting opponent in Lemieux.
It’s going to be a spectacular fight and we are not about to
look any farther than that.”
MARC RAMSAY, Lemieux’s Trainer
“Everybody knows David Lemieux is an aggressive fighter, and
David Benavídez is an aggressive fighter. I don’t think
either fighter will change that the night of the fight.
That’s only going to give the fans an exciting and
action-packed fight. Because of the style of both fighters,
it only guarantees it will be a great fight.
“Benavídez is a complete fighter. He’s a big guy, he’s fast,
and he’s also powerful. So he’s the complete package. But at
this level everyone has the package to become the elite. You
cannot escape from these big fights if you want to be world