David Benavidez makes history becoming the youngest world champion in boxing
LAS VEGAS - All eyes were on David Benavidez (19-0, 17 KOs) who at the age of 20, became the youngest super middleweight champion in the history of boxing. He fought a very tough opponent in Ronald Gavril (18-2, 14 KOs) of Romania. Gavril (18-1, 14 KOs) of Romania.
Both Benavidez and Gavril traded body shots and battled for position in the first five rounds with Benavidez landing the cleaner, harder shots and Gavril applying the pressure, attempting to break his young opponent down.
Gavril continued to press Benavidez in the middle rounds keeping the effective pressure on the younger fighter taking his best shots in the process.
Benavidez started to show signs of wearing down in rounds seven and eight as Gavril continued to push the pace, landing shots in combination and scoring effectively.
In round ten, Benavidez managed to land a right hand and several body shots which seemed to stun Gavril. Benavidez continued to press forward throwing flurries pushing Gavril back which brought the crowd to its feet.
Benavidez found his magic in round eleven landing several hard shots to the head and body and clearly hurt Gavril forcing him to hold on.
In the final round, David Benavidez came out firing and looked to have caught a second wind and was dominating, when suddenly he was dropped by power jab thrown by Gavril. The fight ended in suspense with both men believing they had won the fight.
The scores read 116-111 (Benavidez), 116-111 (Gavril), 117-111 (Benavidez) The winner by split decision David Benavidez
With the win, Benavidez claims the WBC super middleweight title and is the youngest current champion in the sport of boxing.
The fight was highly entertaining and could have gone either way. The margin of the scorecards were wide which was interesting as the fight seemed to be closer. One thing is for sure, fights like this are great for boxing.
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