Meet WBC Super Middleweight David Benavidez
By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
We all have faced adversity in our lives, how we bounce back from said adversity makes us the person we ultimately become. Whether our adversity is self-inflicted or a result of the circumstances and experiences of our upbringing which oftentimes shape our worlds. In this sense, David Benavidez is no different from the rest of us. Life has presented a certain set of circumstances for him and he made some decisions that have set him back, however, learning from those decisions and challenges has made him appreciate what he has bounced back from.
Recently David shared some time with me and we discussed his upbringing and what has made him the person and the fighter he has become. Having an older who was already training to become a boxer from their father was an encouragement for David to want to follow in his brother’s footsteps. So, from a young age of 3 years old, he began his boxing training to become a World Champion. He credits those days of getting beat up when sparring with older guys for helping him to become a tough fighter in life as well as in the boxing ring. After telling he dad he didn’t train anymore his didn’t allow him to quit and sent him back into training, the lesson he learned then was “When you get hit hard, you can’t give up. You have to hit them as hard as they hit you.”
In regards to his previous suspension and being stripped of his title, he passionately stated that was a “one-time” thing. David went on to say, “I feel like more good came from the bad… I’m extremely close to my father now. I don’t take anything for granted no more!”
When asked if that adversity made him consider quitting boxing, David looked at me strangely then emphatically said, “no, I would never quit boxing! What that did was make me hungrier. I was out on the sideline for a year, seeing my title get won. Now I’m not going to stop until I have all the belts.”
As a student of boxing, David enjoyed watching boxers like “Gennady
Golovkin, Roy Jones Jr., Felix Trinidad, Oscar De la Hoya, Costa Zu, and Prince Naseem Hamed.” So, he would try to pick stuff from these various fighters and incorporate their moves into his style. David reflects, “in my younger childhood, the thing I remember the most is trying the learn these combinations and try to do on boxers in the gym.”
As he developed his boxing style, his favorite became his “left hook to the body.” However, he likes a strong stiff jab just as much. “I feel like the jab sets everything up. If you hit the jab enough times it brings the (opponents) arms up and that give you options to go to the body or the uppercut. As you know, I love combinations! It looks nice; It feels nice when you hit them!”
When asked what he would be doing if he wasn’t a boxer, he got sentimental on saying, “he feels so grateful for boxing as he feels like it saved his life! It’s given me a purpose in my life, something to be great at. Without boxing, I do know what I’d great at anything else!”
I wanted to also know from David what Success looked likes to him, “success looks like being a role model to people, taking care of my family and being the man, I know could be.” Throughout the time I spent with David, he frequently credited his brother Jose and his father Jose Benavidez Sr. for much of his success. So, I wanted to hear from him why his family was so important to him, he responded to my question saying, “With this boxing stuff, it has allowed me to take my family to a new level. We kind of beat the system where neither of us has to work 9 to 5. I can share family a different life. Without boxing, I can’t buy the things we buy.”
It’s been documented that David wants to fight Canelo, the thing I didn’t know about before my interview with Benavidez is that he is not a fan of Caleb Plant. When asked why Benavidez simply said, “I don’t like him! I would have a lot of fun beating him up and knocking him out.” He added, “I can’t wait to get that opportunity!”
In regards to his training for this Championship Fight against Anthony Dirrell on September 28th at Staples Center in Los Angeles, David Benavidez said he’s “pushing it to the limit every day, sparring 15 rounds with 4 different guys. I feel like I’m extremely ready! Imagine what I can do with one fresh guy If I can deal with four guys; one guy to me is nothing!”
I’m sure current WBC Super Middleweight Champion (33-24-1-1) Anthony Dirrell won’t be eager to surrender his title. As Dirrell confidently said, “I know I can take a punch, we got to see if he can! He’s been dropped before, as I; but I came back from cancer when I got dropped. I have never been dropped since then.” So, he certainly will come in the ring with that applicable energy and hunger himself. As the ole saying, to be the champion you’ve got to beat the champion… so regaining his Championship belt won’t be an easy task for Benavidez come fight night.
After spending some time with David, I found him to be an honest, humble guy. He appears to have learned a life lesson through dealing with his adversities and suspension which has seemingly helped to shape his outlook on life, as he remains confident and motivated to regain his WBC Super Middleweight belt back. Please share your thoughts on this Championship fight in Los Angeles at Staples Center coming up this weekend on September 28th by commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or by following me on Twitter at “Voice of the Fans” for immediate engagement. Additionally, subscribe to our weekly “Voice of the Fans Podcast” which is available for you on Apple and Google Podcasts including Spotify, TunedIn, and iHeart Radio. As always, we certainly appreciate you for making our voice your choice!