Following another early knockout win on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, 20-year-old super middleweight prospect David Benavidez and his promoter Sampson Lewkowicz are hoping to make history with Benavidez potentially becoming the youngest super middleweight titleholder ever.
Currently, the record is held by Darin Van Horn, who was 22 when he won the IBF belt in 1991. The problem for Benavidez, Lewkowicz says, is that nobody wants to get into the ring with him.
"I need a top-10 contender or a world champion to fight him. He'll take on anyone in the world. Promoters don't want their fighters to fight him. He can't move up the ratings or make boxing history if promoters are too worried about their investments to let their fighters face him.”
Benavidez (17-0, 16 KO) has been a wrecking ball thus far, but the opposition has been fairly light, too, which isn’t anything that Lewkowicz isn’t saying. He’s expressing confidence in his fighter to step up to the next level and the one beyond that.
What do you think of Benavidez? Is he a future world champion, and do you think he can get to a belt in time to break the record at 168?