The unbeaten David Benavidez will put his WBC interim super middleweight title on the line when he faces Demetrius Andrade on Saturday with the winner setting up a potential fight with Canelo Alvarez for the full world title.
Benavidez beat Caleb Plant in March and has been moving closer to a bout with Canelo for some time, however Andrade will be hoping to spoil the party and set up his own clash with the Mexican superstar.
|What||David Benavidez vs Demetrius Andrade|
|Where||Michelob Ultra Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|When||10:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 25, 2023|
|How to watch||Showtime PPV|
|Odds||David Benavidez -360, Demetrius Andrade +265|
The bout between Benavidez and Andrade is set to take place on Saturday, November 25 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The fight between Benavidez and Andrade will be at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas.
The arena has a capacity of 12,000 and has previously hosted UFC fights, WWE Raw and an NBA game between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers.
The WNBA team the Las Vegas Aces play their home games in the arena and the Las Vegas Desert Dogs of the National Lacrosse League are also based in the arena.
Benavidez’s bout with Andrade will be broadcast on Showtime PPV and can be streamed online or on the Showtime app on certain supported TV and mobile devices.
The event does not require a subscription and costs $74.99.
The WBC interim super middleweight title is on the line in this fight, a belt that Benavidez currently holds.
Benavidez has a professional record of 27 wins from 27 fights, with 23 of those coming via knockout.
After a strong amateur career, El Bandera Roja made his professional debut at 16 years old, beating Erasmo Mendoza in Mexico in 2013.
After working his way up the rankings and impressing along the way, Benavidez faced his first real test when fighting for the vacant WBC super middleweight title against Ronald Gavril in 2017.
Benavidez was knocked down in the final round and only won by split decision, but his win over Gabril meant that he was now a world title holder.
Benavidez followed up with another win in the rematch but was stripped of his belt in 2018 due to a failed drug test.
The 26-year-old would bounce back with a big win against Anthony Dirrell a year later before he was stripped of his title yet again against Roamer Alexis Angulo for failing to make weight.
After some low-key wins, Benavidez beat David Lemieux in May 2022 and beat the former IBF middleweight champion to take the WBC interim super middleweight title.
Another win over former IBF world champion Caleb Plant followed in March of this year and cemented Benavidez as the challenger to Canelo Alvarez’s WBC title, but he needs to beat Andrade if he wants to face Canelo.
Andrade has a professional record of 32 wins from 32 fights, with 19 of those coming by way of knockout and 13 on the judge’s scorecards.
The 35-year-old made his debut in 2008 with a victory over Patrick Cape and impressed as a light middleweight, eventually fighting Vanes Matrirosyan for the vacant WBO light middleweight title in 2013.
Andrade bounced back from being knocked down in the first round to win by split decision and become a world champion.
However, after a 13-month period of inactivity he was stripped of that belt before winning the vacant WBO International light middleweight title against Dario Fabian Pucheta in 2015.
Andrade, nicknamed Boo Boo, also beat Jack Culcay to win the WBA (Regular) light middleweight title in 2017 before moving up to middleweight, beating Alantez Fox in his first fight at the weight.
He beat Walter Kautondokwa to win the vacant WBO middleweight title in 2018.
Since then, Andrade has racked up five defenses against the likes of Artur Akavov, Liam Williams and Jason Quigley, but he vacated the belt in July 2022 due to his inability to agree to terms for a title defense and his intent to challenge for Alvarez's WBO super middleweight title.
His last fight was a routine win over Demond Nicholson in January of this year, which came after 14 months of inactivity.
Benavidez is -360 favorite to win the fight while Andrade is +265 underdog. The bout is -125 to go the distance.
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