Davis Benavidez Misses Weight by 2.8 Pounds
Ahead of his August 15 headlining bout, WBC world super middleweight champion David “Red Flag” Benavidez (22-0, 19, KO’s) missed weight by a substantial margin. By doing so, he will have to vacate his title. The bout with Roamer Angulo (26-1, 22 KO’s) will proceed, but only Angulo is eligible to claim the title.
This is the second time that Benavidez has lost his title for actions committed outside of the ring. Back in September of 2018, the native Arizonian was flagged for having benzoylecgonine, the main compound found in cocaine, in his system. As a result he was briefly banned and stripped his WBC title.
Red Flag was able to regain that title a year later with a 9th round stoppage of Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (33-2-1, 24 KO’s).
TOOK IT TO THE CHIN
Clearly, Team Benavidez knew that it was going to be all bad when they came to the scales today. After coming in a whopping 2.8lbs over the contracted weight limit of 168, Red Flag skipped even attempted a second try. While remorseful, the former champion did not blame anyone outside of himself and circumstances.
“I’m very disappointed. Obviously, this is my first time missing weight. Like I said, very disappointed losing the title on the scale, but I’ve still got a job to do tomorrow. I lose the title, but I’m still going to win tomorrow.”
“I put the blame on myself. Those last three pounds wouldn’t come off. Maybe not having the proper things I need, you know, sauna, and I was only able to go to the gym for an hour a day since I got here. It’s just a couple different things, but obviously I’m very disappointed.”
Benavidez has not expressed any desire to move up in weight immediately. So, it will be interesting to see if he has any further weight issues moving forward.
By: Bakari Simpson