David Benavidez and David Lemieux fight Saturday in a boxing match at Gila River Arena for the WBC interim super middleweight title. David Benavidez enters this fight with a 25-0 record that includes 22 knockouts. David Lemieux enters this fight with a 43-4 record that includes 36 knockouts.
This will be Benavidez’s fourth fight since 2020 and is coming off a November win over Kyrone Davis. Benavidez is a 25-year-old boxer from Arizona and has positioned himself as one of the top fighters in the division. Benavidez stands in at six feet, has a 74-inch reach and throws accurate combinations that’s helped produce an 88 percent knockout percentage. Benavidez is a pressure fighter who is relentless with his offensive attack and has produced stops in each of his last five fights. This will be Benavidez’s fifth career fight in Arizona.
Lemieux has won nine of his last 10 fights, and he’s coming off a June win over David Zegarra. Lemieux will fight for the first time in nearly a year, and it’s his biggest fight since his 2017 bout against Billy Joe Saunders. Lemieux is a 33-year-old who stands at 5’9”, has a 70-inch reach and an orthodox stance. It’s no secret what you’re going to get from Lemieux, as he’s one of the better knockout artists in his division, with great power in both hands and a devastating left hook. Lemieux is always on the attack and knows how to put away his opponent whenever the chance opens up. Lemieux has produced stoppages in three of his last four fights. This will be Lemieux’s first career fight in Arizona.
Lemieux at this big of an underdog is worth a look as he’s a seasoned fighter who has been in some wars, and he has the punching power to give him a punching chance. With that said, we’ve seen Lemieux overwhelmed in some of his bigger fights, and now he’s going up against a younger, faster fighter in Benavidez. Billy Joe Saunders and Gennadiy Golovkin gave Lemieux serious issues, and now he’s older and a bit slower. Benavidez has the reach advantage, hits with serious pop, and he’s just really entering his prime at 25 years old. There’s no real betting against Lemieux here.
Give me Benavidez by stoppage to shave down the expensive price.