July twenty ninth, 2021
Unbeaten two-time world champion David “El Bandera Roja” Benavídez will sq. off in opposition to former champion José Uzcátegui in a WBC Tremendous Middleweight title eliminator.
The winner shall be in line to face Canelo Alvarez for the strap.
Benavídez returns to his hometown of Phoenix for the primary time in six years within the SHOWTIME most important occasion on Saturday, August 28 in a Premier Boxing Champions occasion from Footprint Heart – dwelling of the Phoenix Suns and Mercury.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and can function the much-awaited return of longtime contender José Benavídez, the older brother of David Benavídez, dealing with Argentina’s Francisco Emanuel Torres within the 10-round tremendous welterweight co-main occasion.
Kicking off the telecast is undefeated contender Carlos Castro taking up former title challenger Óscar Escandón in a 10-round tremendous bantamweight bout. The Benavídez brothers and Castro hail from Phoenix and have their sights set on impressing their hometown followers.
Tickets for the dwell occasion, which is promoted by Sampson Boxing and TGB Promotions, are on sale now and can be found for buy via Ticketmaster.com.
“I’m comfortable to be bringing David ‘El Bandera Roja’ Benavidez again to his hometown to combat after so a few years away,” stated Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing. “It’s going to be a sensational welcome social gathering for him and all of the followers.”
Nonetheless simply 24-years-old, Benavídez (24-0, 21 KOs) enters this combat having knocked out his final 4 opponents, together with a September 2019 knockout of two-time tremendous middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell. Most not too long ago, he earned stoppage victories over Roamer Alexis Angulo in August 2020 and Ronald Ellis in March of this 12 months.
Benavídez is skilled by his father José Sr., alongside his brother and former title challenger, José Jr. In 2017, he grew to become the youngest tremendous middleweight champion in boxing historical past by defeating Ronald Gavril on SHOWTIME at simply 20 years previous. Representing his native Phoenix, Ariz., Benavídez went from a 15-year-old prodigy sparring with Gennady Golovkin and Peter Quillin, to world title contender with a 10-fight knockout streak from 2015 via 2017, together with a highlight-reel knockout of Rogelio Medina with a seven-punch mixture that earned him his first title alternative.
“I’m tremendous excited to combat in entrance of my hometown followers,” stated Benavídez. “It’s a dream come true for me to return again dwelling as a two-time world champion. I’m coaching for Uzcategui like he’s a world champ as a result of he has quite a lot of expertise and he’s a hungry fighter. I do know that he wants this win, however I gained’t let that occur. I’m staying devoted and motivated to win on August 28 on SHOWTIME and I wish to look spectacular doing it with a purpose to get even greater and higher fights sooner or later.”
Born in Venezuela and combating out of Tijuana, Mexico, Uzcátegui (31-4, 26 KOs) captured a 168-pound world title in March of 2018 by stopping veteran contender Andre Dirrell after eight rounds. The 30-year-old put himself in place to combat for a title with four-straight stoppage victories from 2015 via 2016, together with a win over then-unbeaten Julius Jackson. Since dropping the title to unbeaten champion Caleb Plant in January 2019, Uzcátegui has rebounded to win three of his final 4 fights, together with knockout wins in 2021 over Jaime Hernandez Lopez and Josue Obando.
“I’m excited to be again on the large stage for this combat,” stated Uzcátegui. “I do know what I’m up in opposition to with Benavídez. He’s a terrific fighter, and that’s my greatest motivation. That is going to be a conflict and I can’t wait to provide the folks a terrific combat. Each of us come to brawl, so that is going to be a traditional on August 28.”
The 28-year-old Benavídez (27-1, 18 KOs) is the older brother of most important occasion headliner David and returns to combat in his hometown of Phoenix for the primary time in six years. A protracted-established contender, Benavídez will return to motion for the primary time since dropping a 147-pound title showdown to Terence Crawford in October 2018. Benavídez had beforehand earned wins over contenders resembling Mauricio Herrera, Francisco Santana and Frank Rojas on his method to that world title alternative.
“I’m actually excited to be again within the ring after being out for some time,” stated Benavidez. “I really feel extra mature, motivated and stronger than ever. Combating alongside my brother and in my hometown, is known as a dream come true. I’m actually trying ahead to creating an incredible comeback. It doesn’t matter who they put in entrance of me, I assure that I’m going to take them out. Nobody goes to wish to miss this night time, as a result of me and my brother are bringing the fireworks.”
A local of boxing-rich Buenos Aires, Argentina, Torres (17-3, 5 KOs) enters this combat the winner of his final 9 contests courting again to 2018. The 31-year-old will combat within the U.S. for the third time on August 28, having scored stateside victories over Cleotis Pendarvis in August 2020 and Louis Hernandez in February of this 12 months. Torres most not too long ago gained a unanimous choice over Alexi Rivera in June as he prepares for his hardest combat to this point in opposition to Benavídez.
“I’m very pumped up for this combat,” stated Torres. “I wish to thank my entire staff for this chance to take part in such an essential combat. It is a nice probability for me to go to the following degree in opposition to a terrific fighter who’s had an distinctive profession. I’ll work very exhausting to get the victory on August 14 and lift excessive the flag of Argentina.”
Castro (26-0, 11 KOs) has climbed the rankings since turning professional in 2012 as he seeks a shot at a brilliant bantamweight championship. The Phoenix-native added two victories in 2020, defeating Jesus Ruiz in February earlier than stopping longtime contender Cesar Juarez in 4 rounds in July. Castro was coming off a 2019 marketing campaign that noticed him rating three victories, together with 10-round unanimous choice triumphs over former title challenger Genesis Servania and veteran contender Mario Diaz.
“I’m very grateful for this chance to combat a superb opponent in Escandón,” stated Castro. “I’m very motivated to placed on a terrific efficiency in entrance of my hometown followers. On August 28, I’m going to be able to showcase all of my expertise and exhausting work within the ring so I go away with my hand raised.”
A local of Ibague, Colombia, Escandón (26-5, 18 KOs) has confronted a slew of high contenders and champions together with featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. and tremendous bantamweight champion Brandon Figueroa, plus hard-hitting contender Tugstsogt Nyambayar. Escandón captured an interim title in 2016 when he knocked out Robinson Castellanos to earn his world title shot in opposition to Russell. Most not too long ago, Escandón scored a first-round knockout over beforehand unbeaten contender Jhack Tepora in December of 2019.
“I’m very targeted on coaching for this combat as a result of I do know a win can lead me again to a different world title alternative,” stated Escandón. “Castro is an efficient younger fighter who has a strong jab and might transfer. However I feel he’s the right opponent for me. There are quite a lot of issues we will do to win this combat and I can’t wait to go in there on August 28 and present it.”