The much-awaited clash between David Benavidez and Demetrius Andrade was nothing less than a thriller! Both fighters had their moments of domination, but David Benavidez quite evidently wanted the win more, and his desperate urge, coupled with skillfulness, allowed him to claim a 6th round TKO win against Demetrius Andrade – who is no longer an unbeaten fighter!
Benavidez snatched the ‘0’ out of Andrade’s professional record, and it has now been updated to 32-1 (19 knockouts). This win will move Benavidez one step closer to getting a match with Canelo, and it will be fascinating to see if the two can end up fighting in the near future.
David Benavidez on securing a win
In the post-fight interview, David Benavidez shared his thoughts on claiming a victory and mentioned fighting Canelo. “I just solidified myself as the dominating performer that I am,” Benavidez said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com.
“It was just a reminder of who the real champion at 168 is. They want to see me versus Canelo and that’s what we want to. I’m the youngest super middleweight champion in the world, I’m a three-time champion.
Now give me the fight everyone wants to see.Everyone says I’m not this, not that, that I’m flatfooted, I have no defense,” he said. “This guy has … a really good offense and he could barely hit me.
That says a lot on its own. … I think the first (knockdown) shot I caught him with I dipped his left hand and came back with a right that hit [him] on the button. I knew I had to keep putting pressure on him because he wasn’t going to keep taking those shots”.
Demetrius Andrade on facing a loss
“David is just a big dude,” Andrade said as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com. “At the end of the day, he’s a hell of a fighter. I thought my skills would overwhelm him, but his size is what got his hand raised today”.