David Benavidez hungry for title shot

Mexican-American prospect David Benavidez says he’s ready for whatever challenge comes his way after a statement victory in Las Vegas.

Benavidez (17-0 16KO) bullied Uzbekistan’s Sherali Mamajonov (14-2 7KO) during their scheduled eight-round contest which was part of Carl Frampton v Leo Santa Cruz’s undercard at MGM Grand. The Phoenix native landed a crunching left hook underneath Mamajonov’s high guard, swiftly followed by a straight-right which sent the Uzbek sprawling to his knees during the closing seconds of round one.

Benavidez hopes to be under the bright lights again very soon after his two-round blitz of Mamajonov

The 20-year-old wasted little time imposing his overwhelming dominance in round two – a right hand upstairs caused Mamajonov to warily retreat onto the ropes, which gave the green light for Benavidez to connect with another sickening left to the 29-year-old challenger’s midriff, immediately followed by a left hook that dropped Mamajonov. Referee Russell Mora had seen enough 64 seconds into round two.

After his impressive display, Benavidez plans to get straight back to work and continue his seemingly rapid pursuit of getting a world title shot.

“It’s just that hard work,” he said. “Staying dedicated. We’re going to go back into a training camp, we’re not going to take no breaks. Hopefully I’ll get a big shot soon, I’m going to be ready for whatever comes my way.

Sauerland’s 24-year-old German Tyron Zeuge a possible opponent? Benavidez is ranked No 7 with the WBA

“There’s a lot [of options], but whoever they want to give me, I’ll be ready for them.”

The 6ft 2inch super-middleweight is currently ranked by the WBC, WBA, and IBF – his highest ranking is No 7 with the WBA. George Groves and Fedor Chudinov are set to challenge for the WBA ‘super’ belt, whilst German Tyron Zeuge holds the WBA ‘regular’ title.

Benavidez thought his brief showing wasn’t perfect, though, which was largely due to his opponent, but he hopes his next performance produces a stunning knockout.

The 20-year-old is determined to put on a show in his next outing

“Probably an eight [out of ten],” he added. “I was a little disappointed because the fight ended so quick, but I guess he had to look out for himself, and he felt like he was hurt, he didn’t want to come out anymore.

“I wanted to give the fans a spectacular knockout, but he didn’t want no more, so maybe next time I’ll give it to them.”


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