Anthony David Benavidez is one among the famous American professional boxers. He has won the WBC super middleweight title twice (2017 to 2018 and 2019 to 2020). He is ranked second in the world’s active super middleweight division by The Ring and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and third by BoxRec, as of May 2020.
Birth and Early life
David Benavidez was born to Jose (Father) and Michelle Benavidez in Phoenix, Arizona on 17 December 1996. He is the younger brother of Jose Benavidez Jr., a welterweight contender, and the older brother of Isabella and Daisy Benavidez. Their father instructs both brothers. Benavidez battled with dieting and discipline when he was 15, when his weight skyrocketed to 250 pounds.
Benavidez had a 15-0 record in his amateur career. He made his pro debut at the age of 16 against Erasmo Moreno, winning by KO in the first round. Sampson Boxing’s Sampson Boxing signed David to a promotional deal in 2015. In the same year, he defeated Rollin Williams for the vacant NABF junior light heavyweight title. In the following matches, David defended his championship. In the following matches, David defended his championship. In 2017, he defeated Ronald Gavril for the WBC super-middleweight title. In the next game, he defended his title against Gavril. Benavidez defeated Anthony Dirrell for the WBC super-middleweight belt in 2019. In August 2020, the boxer faced Roamer Alexis Angulo in his final match.
Benavidez vs. Gavril
The WBC has scheduled a fight between Callum Smith and Anthony Dirrell, with the winner receiving the vacant world title. Smith was replaced by Benavidez since he was competing in WBSS. The fight was set to take place in September of 2017. However, the WBC stated on August 5 that Dirrell was out due to injury. Instead, Benavidez will compete for the world title on September 8 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Nevada against Romanian rival Ronald Gavril. Benavidez won a split decision over Gavril after 12 rounds.
Benavidez vs. Gavril II
Benavidez controlled every round in front of 6,240 fans, winning by unanimous decision with scores of 120-108, 120-108, and 119-109.
David is a happily married man who enjoys spending time with his wife Kate Griffith and children. The American boxer has managed to keep his personal life out of the public eye. Along with their daughter, they welcomed a new family member, a newborn son named Anthony, in September 2020. He keeps his private life private.
David is considered as a Richest Boxer. His net worth is estimated to be at $1.5 million.
Benavidez tested positive for cocaine in a urine sample collected on August 27 by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency, according to a report released on September 18, 2018. (VADA). The WBC eventually stripped him of his title and placed him on a four-month suspension that will last until February 2019. On December 19, 2018, he stated that he would return to the ring on March 16, 2019.
- “I feel like this is just the beginning for me. I want to be a unified champion and be known as the best super middleweight of my generation. I have time on my side and I’m hungry and competitive. The sky’s the limit for me.”
- “All the super middleweight champions have to take risks and fight each other. I want those other belts. I want to take the chances now and show everybody, including myself, that I’m the best.”
Trivia & Facts
- David is one of the most well-known boxers. Also included in the elite list of well-known Americans born in the United States. He began boxing when he was three years old and has a 15-0 amateur record.
- David Benavidez, a tough super-middleweight, has a long list of opponents he wants to fight against. Among them, Canelo Alvarez is at the top of his priority list. Benavidez has stated multiple times that he wants to face him for boxing.
- David Benavidez presently has a record of 24 wins, 0 losses, and 0 draws. In a total of 24 matches, he is now undefeated. He has stopped 21 of his opponents in those 24 victories, giving him an 88 percent knockout ratio. He’s fought a total of 108 rounds in his professional career, averaging 4.5 rounds per bout.