David Benavidez (22-0, 19KOs) regained his WBC Super Middleweight Title when he defeated Anthony Dirrell (33-2-1, 24KOs) by ninth round knockout. The 22-year-old Benavidez showed why he is one of boxing’s hottest young stars as he proved to be too much for the 35 year old Dirrell.
Benavidez’s constant pressure and fast combinations were on full display as he cut Dirrell badly in round 6. The fight was stopped by Dirrell’s corner three rounds later. The sky is the limit for Benavidez, who despite being a 2-time world champion and a knockout artist with legitimate big wins under his belt, still does not get quite as much hype as other young fighters. Regardless, if he continues down the road that he is currently on he will undoubtedly get worldwide recognition in the near future. And what exactly should be the next step on that road? Lets take a look.
Caleb Plant (19-0, 11 KOs)
Caleb Plant (19-0, 11 KOs) is the current IBF Super Middleweight Champion who upset the odds when he defeated former champion Jose Uzcategui (28-3, 23KOs) earlier this year, dropping him multiple times on route to a wide unanimous decision. Plant followed that up with a four-round destruction of Mike Lee this past July. In an ideal world, a fight with David Benavidez would happen next as they are clearly the best two super middleweights in the PBC stable. It would undoubtedly be one of the most anticipated fights of the year. Would Benavidez’s size, constant pressure and lightning fast combinations be too much for Plant? Or would Plant’s movement, defense, and slickness prove too much for Benavidez? For the sake of boxing, the fight has to happen and there are almost no hurdles in the way. Both fighters are under the same promotional banner, have the same manager, are champions in the same weight division and are willing to fight each other. Make it happen!
Jose Uzcategui (28-3, 23KOs)
This is honestly the only other fight that is both realistic and would generate interest for Benavidez: a fight against Jose Uzcategui (28-3, 23KOs). Less than a year ago, many believed that the Venezuelan was the best super middleweight in the world. He had defeated Andre Dirrell (26-3, 16KOs) in impressive fashion and followed that up with a victory over Ezequiel Maderna (26-6, 16KOs). He lost his belt against Plant this past January and there is no doubt Uzcategui would love a rematch against him. A victory over Benavidez would do just that and Benavidez would have the opportunity to showcase his skill against yet another former champion and an impressive performance would increase the hype for a potential Caleb Plant fight even more.
In my opinion, David Benavidez has two fights on the table that would be easy to make and garner public interest. Those being against Caleb Plant and Jose Uzcategui. It is possible that PBC will find someone for Benavidez to feast on but if there goal is further the career of the young star then a fight with either should be next. He has proven that he is more than ready for it.