David Benavidez and Demetrius Andrade were both looking to make a statement heading into their Saturday clash. Both undefeated Super-Middleweight titlists knew a win would secure the lucrative Canelo Alvarez fight both have been pining for.
Benavidez seemed far more up to the task than Andrade. In the first two rounds, Andrade was using his legs, and jabbing trying to stay away from Benavidez and his power. He was boxing and moving well, but nothing he was landing seemed to deter Benavidez from stalking forward.
In round 3 Benavidez found his rhythm and started finding a home for his punches. As his output began ramping up, Andrade’s legs looked as if they were leaving him. His movement was slowed, and he could no longer avoid the onslaught bearing down on him. During round 4 Andrade was knocked down, and the feeling of inevitability was in the air. It became when not if Benavidez would close the show.
At the end of round 6, Andrade’s corner mercifully called an end to the fight. Andrade was game and showed a lot of heart, but he was overmatched and taking unnecessary punishment. With the win, Benavidez retained his interim Super-Middleweight title moving him to (28-0 24KO’s). With the win, a Cinco De Mayo clash with Canelo Alvarez is now looming large. This was also his 8th stoppage in his last ten fights. Andrade suffers his first professional defeat falling to (32-1, 19KO’s)