This Saturday, at the “Gila River Arena” in Glendale (Phoenix), Arizona, David Benavídez will face David Lemieux, in a fight for the interim super middleweight title of the World Boxing Council, yet only one will,advance to the next stage.
Benavídez and Lemieux were face to face at the final press conference, which was also attended by promising Cuban prospect Yoelvis Gómez and the Mexican Jorge Cota, who will fight a 10-round super welterweight co-main event, and undefeated prospects Luis “The Twist” Núñez and Jonathan Fierro will also clash.
No one was mincing words.
“I have had a tremendous training camp and everything has been perfect. The miles have been run, the rounds have been met and the weight has already been shed. I came extremely prepared for this fight. We both have a lot of knockouts, so I’m looking forward to war.
“I really want to get in there and win this title. I have a lot of respect for Lemieux and have been watching him since he was young, but he has a lot to worry about with me. I’m faster and stronger, but he has the experience, so this will be a great fight.
“I am 100% focused on Lemieux. I am focused on the task in front of me. I can guarantee a big fight and someone WILL get knocked out. None of us wants to go to a decision. People want to see a knockout, and that’s what they’ll get. I’m leaving with the title on Saturday night.”
“When you want to become the world champion, you must beat the best guy out there. At this moment, Benavídez will be in front of me. That’s what I must beat to be the world champion. Everyone knows that Benavidez is a very good fighter, but I think people will see that I am a serious contender in the 168-pound division, when I have that Green and Gold Belt around my waist.
“It’s a big challenge, but I’m confident. I had a tremendous training camp for this fight. We are totally physically and mentally prepared. Benavidez is a good fighter. It’s going to be a great show for fight fans because he doesn’t like to go the distance and nor do I. We’ll see what happens.
“I don’t run from anyone. I have never avoided a fight. When I step into the ring, I’m the man to worry about. In this fight, there is a solid guy in front of me, but I am confident in my abilities, my strength, and my power. I have a lot of experience in the ring and I will use that on Saturday night.”