David Benavidez has a new opponent for his Showtime main event on November 13, as the two-time former titlist will now face Kyrone Davis.
Benavidez was scheduled to fight Jose Uzcategui, who was withdrawn from the fight today after failing a drug test.
Davis (16-2-1, 6 KOs) is, if we’re honest, not a very good opponent for Benavidez (24-0, 21 KOs), who is expected to topple another foe en route to possibly face the winner Canelo. -Plant in early 2022.
Davis, 26, went to a draw with former title holder Anthony Dirrell in February, leading some to wonder if Davis was better than expected or if Dirrell, then 36, simply had slipped or had a bad night. .
We may have gotten an answer to that in September, when Davis returned to Minneapolis against club fighter Martez McGregor and struggled a bit for a narrow eight-round decision victory, a fight Davis would have lost by split decision. except for three points taken from McGregor during the tough fight.
Davis’ other most notable fights have been a split decision victory over Marcos Hernandez in 2017 and a loss to Patrick Day in 2018.
The Showtime event will also always feature a return for David’s brother Jose Benavidez Jr (27-1, 18 KOs), a former top prospect who failed to live up to the hype as a pro, and has not fought since a Loss in 2018 against Terence Crawford. He will face Francisco Emanuel Torres (17-3, 5 KOs) in a 10-round fight at 154 lbs.
Rances Barthelemy (28-1-1, 14 KOs) is listed for the card against Gustavo David Vittori (25-9-1, 12 KOs), but it’s not fully official, or won’t air on Showtime, as this is not mentioned in the Showtime press release. The latter wouldn’t come as a surprise, as Vittori really isn’t a Showtime quality fighter.