David Benavidez Stuns David Lemieux, Claims WBC Championship
David Benavidez earned a stunning third round finish of David Lemieux live on Showtime, claiming the interim WBC title.
David Benavidez earned a stunning third round TKO over David Lemieux Saturday night.
Benavidez battered Lemieux in the main event live on Showtime. In the process, he claimed the interim WBC super middleweight title. This marks the third time he has held a share of the WBC super middleweight championship.
In the co-main event, Yoelvis Gomez bested Jorge Cota, while Luis Nunes earned a victory over Jonathan Fierro to begin the night.
“Mike Tyson gave me the name ‘The Mexican Monster’, what do you think I’m gonna do?” Benavidez told Jim Gray after the fight. “I just feel like I’m the strongest 168 pounder. No one can mess with me.”
Benavidez landed 49 percent of his total punches and 52 percent of his power strikes on Lemieux, who never backed down from the war. He said after that he wants either Caleb Plant, Jermall Charlo or David Morrell next.
“I’m right here waiting,” he said. “I’ll put myself up against everyone. I guarantee I’m knocking everyone out.
Gomez swept the scorecards against Cota in a super welterweight 10-round affair, improving to 6-0 overall.
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“I wanted to steal the show, but I know that all Mexican fighters are warriors, and Cota was a warrior tonight and was able to take me the distance,” said Gómez, who was fighting for the first time with noted trainer Ismael Salas in his corner.