Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

Former world champions clash on Saturday night when David Benavidez takes on David Lemieux with the interim WBC super middleweight championship on the line. The action from Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona and airs live on Showtime starting at 10 p.m. ET.

The winner of the fight also becomes one of several mandatory challengers for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, putting another potentially huge prize on the table.

Benavidez (25-0, 22 KO) has proven repeatedly that he is one of boxing’s brightest talents but his own missteps have set him back from bigger things in the past. He has twice lost the WBC super middleweight championship, once after testing positive for cocaine and once for missing weight. Had Benavidez not been stripped for missing weight, he’d almost certainly have already met Alvarez in the ring on the Mexican superstar’s quest to unify all four world titles at 168 pounds.

With his size, power, toughness and high-volume output that includes a hammer of a jab, Benavidez will enter the ring a substantial favorite at -2000.

Lemieux (43-4, 36 KO) was a monster puncher at middleweight, scoring a knockout of notably durable Gabriel Rosado in 2014 before winning the IBF middleweight world title with a decision over Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam that saw N’Jikam hit the canvas four times.

The reward for Lemieux’s world title victory was a bout with the most feared man in the sport at the time, Gennadiy Golovkin. Things would play out poorly, however, as he was dominated before a stoppage in the eighth round. After continuing to campaign at middleweight, including a loss to Billy Joe Saunders in a WBO world title fight, Lemieux moved up to 168 pounds in December 2019.

Now, with a three-fight winning stream at super middleweight, Lemieux will look to knock off one of the division’s best fighters and line up a potentially huge fight in his next outing.

Benavidez vs. Lemieux card, odds

Odds via Caesars Sportsbook

David Benavidez -2000

David Lemieux +1000

Super middleweight

Yoelvis Gomez -2000

Jorge Cota +1000

Super welterweight

Luis Reynaldo Nunez

Jonathan Javier Fierro



The unfortunate reality for Lemieux is that he has one path to victory and that’s to land a massive fight-changing punch. The problem is, Benavidez is talented, big and durable. Even if he allows himself to be drawn into a shootout rather than using his range and working behind the jab, Benavidez has every bit of the edge in the fight. There’s some question about whether the full load of Lemieux’s power truly moved up to 168 and he’s the older, smaller man with a lot of miles on his body. It’s hard to see the fight going in Lemieux’s direction against such a daunting opponent. Pick: Benavidez TKO7

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