David Benavidez and Jose Uzcategui will go to war in a WBC and IBF title eliminator
Two-time WBC super middleweight champion David “Red Flag” Benavidez (24-0, 21ko) is expecting to make a statement against former IBF champion Jose “Bolivita” Uzcategui (31-4, 26ko) with the winner looking to fight for the undisputed crown next year.
Fans were already excited about this fight as it is probably going to deliver on being an action-packed contest. Both former champions are motivated, considering it is a WBC title eliminator. However, the addition of the IBF title eliminator has upped the ante.
The fight was first supposed to take place on August 28. The former WBC champion contracted COVID-19, and the bout was rescheduled. Red Flag has fully recovered, and he is ready to fight in front of the hometown fans of Phoenix, Arizona on November 13.
HUGE TITLE IMPLICATIONS
While speaking with the press, David Benavidez made it clear that he is still looking to be the first man to stop Uzcategui. Furthermore, he revealed why the fight is even bigger than before.
“I am going to be the same fighter I always am, going in there looking for the knockout. Going in there ripping the body, fast-paced, action-packed fight. You know this is my biggest fight to this day, and this is what the fans are expecting.”
“I feel like I want to make a statement. Nobody has ever stopped Uzcategui, it is going to be a hard task to do, but I am all up for it….. It’s going to be a great fight. I am very excited. I have been working extremely hard, and now it’s an IBF and WBC title eliminator, so this is a big fight for both of us.”
It makes sense the IBF would make this decision. Uzcategui is ranked #5, and Benavidez is holding the #6 spot.
Jose Uzcategui has been hoping to regain the title he lost to Caleb Plant back in 2019. That defeat was very costly as Plant is now set to fight for the undisputed crown against unified champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on November 6.
Benavidez has kind of been his own worst enemy. He once lost the title after testing positive for cocaine and again on the scales. Many pundits believe he is the biggest threat to Alvarez’s crown.
The winner will be on track to challenge for the undisputed crown against the winner of Alvarez and Plant. Given this new information, fans can expect both men to give it all they have in a possible all-out war.
By: Garrisson Bland