The now former WBC super middleweight world champion David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over former world title challenger Alexis Angulo (26-2, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Benavidez who lost his title on the scales on Friday night went on to punish Angulo throughout the ten rounds the fight lasted before Angulo’s corner mercifully pulled their man out.
“I rate myself a solid eight,” Benavidez said. “I could have done some stuff better, but overall it was a great performance. I didn’t want to go too fast and leave myself exposed for some big shots. He’s a heavy puncher. But like I said, I like to do the stuff that nobody has ever done. Nobody has ever stopped him and I’m pretty sure nobody is ever going to make him look like that again. I demolished him from round one to round 10.”
Benavidez said was embarrassed by not making the 168-pound weight limit on Friday. “Everything everyone said about me is true,” Benavidez said. “I should be a professional and come in on weight, but this time I couldn’t do it. It’s my first time not making weight in eight years of being a professional.”
“I really have to talk to my promoter to see what’s next,” Benavidez added. “I’ll fight anybody to get back to the spot I was. You could see by this performance tonight, I could put on a great performance against anybody and people will pay to see that. I’m probably going to go right back into training camp to make sure I don’t miss weight.”
In a contest for the WBA interim lightweight title, Rolando “Rolly” Romero (12-0, 10 KOs) took a controversial twelve round unanimous decision over Jackson Maríñez (19-1, 7 KOs).
Romero was always looking for the nights closer, throwing all his shots with bad intentions whilst Martinez countered effectively. The scores at the end of the bout brought controversy with many including ourselves not agreeing with the tally’s of 115-113, 116-112, 118-110 all for Romero.
Showtime scored the fight 117-111 to Martinez with WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza acted quickly tweeting, “I just spoke with both teams and we are going to study the possibility of a rematch.”
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