David Benavidez on Jose Uzcategui: “I Sparred Him. I Beat His Ass!”

David Benavidez looking forward to getting his hands on Jose Uzcategui

Jose Uzcategui, David Benavidez training
Jose Uzcategui (left), David Benavidez

David Benavidez looking forward to getting his hands on Jose Uzcategui

For former super middleweight world champion David “Red Flag” Benavidez (24-0, 21 KO’s), fighting is more than a profession to him. For the native Arizonian, it is more of a beloved past time. Getting paid is just the cherry on top of an already decked out sundae. This will largely be the case when he collides with Jose “Bolivita” Uzcategui (31-4, 26 KO’s) on August 28. Not only will be able to ply the trade he loves, he will have a chance to beat a bit of respect into an old adversary.

Well back in his fledging years in boxing Benavidez recalls sparring Uzcategui. In his remembrance, Bolivita was dismissive and disrespectful before the session, but ultimately waved the white flag. This was revealed in an interview with ESNews.

“I sparred him. I beat his ass! He went up there to do a training camp, he was talking shit to his coach. Saying that I am a little kid and he was going to beat my ass. They were all on the other side and they thought I couldn’t understand what they were saying. The first two sparring sessions we only did like two rounds and then the last one he left. He stopped in the middle of sparring in the second round. I’m not lying, you can go call Abel Sanchez.”


Obviously Red Flag is confident that he will best Bolivita when they trade leather. Also, it would be hard to believe that he is not thinking about the other big fights looming at 168 for him. In the end though, Benavidez always tries to be mindful of never overlooking an opponent. This is why he will not fail to properly prepare for Uzcategui, who is currently ranked #5 (IBF).

“I feel like I am on the horizon of a big fight and so I am just sitting here waiting for my opportunity. But August 28 its Jose Uzcategui, he is a hard opponent. I don’t take anything away from him, ex-world champion. It’s going to be a great fight, let’s give the people a great fight.”

If successful in his affair with Uzcategui, it will be interesting to see who Benavidez secures a fight with next.

By: Bakari Simpson

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