“I’m completely happy to be bringing David ‘El Bandera Roja’ Benavidez again to his hometown to struggle after so a few years away,” stated Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing. “It’s going to be a sensational welcome celebration for him and all of the followers.”
Nonetheless simply 24-years-old, Benavídez (24-0, 21 KOs) enters this struggle 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 educated by his father José Sr., alongside his brother and former title challenger, José Jr. In 2017, he turned the youngest tremendous middleweight champion in boxing historical past by defeating Ronald Gavril on SHOWTIME at simply 20 years outdated. 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 by 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 struggle in entrance of my hometown followers,” stated Benavídez. “It’s a dream come true for me to return again house as a two-time world champion. I’m coaching for Uzcategui like he’s a world champ as a result of he has a variety 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 need to look spectacular doing it to be able to get even larger and higher fights sooner or later.”
Born in Venezuela and preventing 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 struggle for a title with four-straight stoppage victories from 2015 by 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 massive stage for this struggle,” stated Uzcátegui. “I do know what I’m up towards with Benavídez. He’s an amazing fighter, and that’s my greatest motivation. That is going to be a battle and I can’t wait to present the individuals an amazing struggle. 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 important occasion headliner David and returns to struggle 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 equivalent to Mauricio Herrera, Francisco Santana and Frank Rojas on his solution 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 mostly 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 need to miss this evening, 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 struggle the winner of his final 9 contests courting again to 2018. The 31-year-old will struggle 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 resolution over Alexi Rivera in June as he prepares for his hardest struggle up to now towards Benavídez.
“I’m very pumped up for this struggle,” stated Torres. “I need to thank my entire crew for this chance to take part in such an vital struggle. It is a nice probability for me to go to the following stage towards an amazing fighter who’s had an distinctive profession. I’ll work very laborious 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 resolution triumphs over former title challenger Genesis Servania and veteran contender Mario Diaz.
“I’m very grateful for this chance to struggle a wonderful opponent in Escandón,” stated Castro. “I’m very motivated to placed on an amazing efficiency in entrance of my hometown followers. On August 28, I’m going to be able to showcase all of my expertise and laborious 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 towards 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 centered on coaching for this struggle as a result of I do know a win can lead me again to a different world title alternative,” stated Escandón. “Castro is an effective younger fighter who has a stable jab and might transfer. However I feel he’s the right opponent for me. There are a variety of issues we are able to do to win this struggle and I can’t wait to go in there on August 28 and present it.”
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Govt Author, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a ardour for Fight Sports activities and in addition a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s additionally a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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