- Dirrell vs Benavidez goes Saturday, September 28th at 10:00 pm EST
- Can the unbeaten former champion Benavidez reclaim the title he never lost in the ring?
- Can Dirrell make the first successful defense of his WBC belt across two reigns?
Dirrell vs Benavidez goes at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Saturday. It’s slated as the co-main event and is one of three prize fights on the card with championships up for grabs. Some in the boxing sphere have dubbed this “the other title fight” with Spence Jr. vs Porter capturing the imaginations of many. But Dirrell vs Benavidez has a lot of compelling pugilistic tendrils attached to it and is a super exciting fight in it’s own right.
The WBC super-middleweight world championship is up for grabs in an altercation that promises fireworks in a big way.
Dirrell vs Benavidez Odds
*Odds taken 09/26/19
This fight pits an unbeaten hungry young challenger with an 86-percent KO rate against a multiple time seasoned champion. It’s firey youthful exuberance against the savvy hard-nosed pugilist that has put in his reps. Both have fought once in 2019 and both came out victorious in their respective bouts.
It seems like the oddsmakers see a changing of the guard at super-middleweight here. As much as both of these guys represent the cream of the crop at 168 lbs, I agree with the oddsmakers and their assessment of this prizefight.
Benavidez Regains Green Belt
Both men have had their own reigns with this WBC super-middleweight world title. Benavidez would lose the WBC belt but as evidenced by his spotless record, it wasn’t lost in the ring. Benavidez failed a drug test for cocaine which is something he was candid and forthcoming about.
The sanctioning body stripped him of the gold and it eventually found it’s way around the waist of Anthony Dirrell. This came as a result of defeating Avni Yildirim via TD in his last outing. It was also Dirrell’s second stint holding the hardware as he also was WBC champion between 2014 and 2015. He wouldn’t end up defending the gold successfully as he lost that belt in his next outing. It was Dirrell’s lone career loss and came to Badou Jack via MD.
— Boxing Insider.com (@BoxingInsider) September 25, 2019
Dirrell has over double the experience in terms of the amount of years committed to the craft. Dirrell made his pro debut in 2005 while Benavidez debuted in 2013. Both of these men come from fighting families though with both having accomplished competitive boxers as brothers.
Both Dirrell and Benavidez have really been training for the sweet science since birth. That being said, it’s kind of hard to ignore the 12 year age difference between the 34-year-old champion and the 22-year-old phenom of a challenger who was champ not long ago.
Dirrell vs Benavidez Tale of the Tape
|Avni Yildirim, Caleb Truax,
Marco Antonio Rubio
|Ronald Gavril, Rogelio Medina,
Benavidez doesn’t just want to skate by with a narrow victory. He has said in some press conference situations that he wants to be the first man to knockout Dirrell. I can see Benavidez scoring some form of TKO stoppage inside of eight rounds.
It could come from the referee intervening or even from a cut. Dirrell had a notable cut in his last fight which could result in scar tissue issues for Benavidez to exploit on fight night. In any event, bet on Benavidez with a stoppage inside of eight.
Pick: Benavidez (-1000)