David Benavidez remains undefeated with David Lemieux’s overwhelming third-round TKO.


David Benavidez appeared as a contender for the WBC Interim Championship in Saturday night’s fight against David Lemieux and is a mandatory contender for the undisputed 168-pound champion Canelo Alvarez. He also knew that a simple victory was not enough to increase the demand for the fight. After brutally overpowering Lumieu with an overwhelming play, Benavidez scored a TKO in the third round when he saved additional damage with a corner kick from Lumieu.

Lemieux (43-5, 36 KO), who spent most of her career at middleweight, looked two weight classes lower than Benavidez (26-0, 23 KO), who was at the big end of the super middleweight division. This forced him to navigate through dangerous areas to narrow the distance with his punching range.

That face-first attack worked well for about two minutes of the first round, and Lemieux was able to land a few left hooks while trapping Benavidez on the ropes. Then a massive left hook blew Lemieux off the ropes and he was punished until the bell came out of Benavidez’s pile of power shots.

Lemieux tried to dash out of the corner to start the second round, but Benavidez gladly traded fires, sending Lemieux to the canvas for 20 seconds into the frame. Lemieux was told the referee would be on a short leash before the match was stopped, and Lemieux continued walking forward and throwing power shots.

The uppercut and hook continued to land for Benavidez, repeatedly shaking Lemieux’s head, but seeing Lemieux purely survive the round.

Lemieux further strengthened his output in the third inning, trying to knock down Benavidez with body shots and occasional head hooks. Despite Lemieux’s heartfelt expression, he was clearly stunned by almost every punch Benavidez landed and repeatedly fell backwards as Benavidez landed neatly on the chin.

The reaction to the shot was enough to require Lemieux’s corner to stop the fight at the 1:31 mark in round three.

“My hat is on David Lemieux because he’s the only one with the ball to fight me,” Benavidez said before turning back to a big name who wants to be in the ring after the win. Benavidez said after the win. “I’m waiting for them to send the contract. These bitches know what’s going on. I’m waiting for them. I’m not afraid of anyone. …I promise I will knock them all down.”

Benavidez has held the Super Middleweight World Championship twice in his career, losing that title from the right outside. He was stripped of the WBC Championship for the first time since testing positive for cocaine, and was stripped of his title after failing to gain his weight in a 2020 match against Roamer Alexis Angulo.

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