By Sean Jones: David Benavidez wants to become a pay-per-view star as soon as possible, and he realizes that he’s got to be dominant in his title defense of his WBC interim super middleweight title against Demetrius Andrade on November 25th on Showtime PPV.
It may prove difficult for Benavidez (27-0, 23 KOs) because achieve pay-per-view stardom if he struggles to defeat the 35-year-old former two-division world champion Andrade (32-0, 19 KOs) or if he loses to him, which is entirely possible.
Fans see the Benavidez-Andrade contest as a 50-50, and no one would be surprised if Benavidez loses. It’s one of those fights where the slick southpaw Andrade could win if he can stay on the move and avoid staying stationary like most of Benavidez’s opponents.
Known for his high punch output, Benavidez made light of undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, throwing just 350 punches in his last fight against Jermell Charlo.
Benavidez can throw 1000 shots in a 12 round fight if he has an opponent that stands in front of him, but that’s probably not going to happen on November 25th in their headliner at the Michelob Ultra Center in Las Vegas. Andrade is well-schooled and not foolish enough to be a sitting duck in front of the gargantuan-sized Benavidez.
“Well, to get to that road and to be that pay-per-view star, I have to do exactly what I’m doing. Keep facing the best fighters in the division,” said David Benavidez to Fight Hub TV.
“I don’t want to be that fighter that just waits for Canelo. I want to make my own lane. I’m going to be the best of this generation by the time I’m done, so that means beating everybody that’s good, everybody that’s ranked at the top of this weight division.
“I’m very prepared, I’m very focused, and I’m willing, and I’m embracing any challenge that comes my way. No, the journey doesn’t end until I retire. I feel like I don’t even want to think of like, ‘Oh, I’m almost close to getting that,’ because then that’s when the brain turns off. I really want to be the best, and I want to beat everybody.
“I really want to be dominant, and I am going to do that, but even after the Canelo fight, what’s after that? I got to maintain my dominance, and I want to be the best; like I said, I want to be the best of my generation, and I keep myself focused, keep myself training hard, and motivated.
“No specifics in the contract. Sometimes, when these fights take a while, it’s not in my hands. I would like to fight five times a year, but sometimes a promotional company does what they got to do, and they got their dates, they got the venues, and stuff like that.
“So I really have no control of that, but the thing I do have control of is that I was working the whole time. I’ve been training this whole time. I only took two weeks off my last fight. I’ve been training for months. I love this. I’ve been getting better and better at it,” said Benavidez.