For the second time in under three years, David Benavidez lost the WBC super middleweight title outside the ring, having badly missed weight ahead of this past weekend’s mauling of Roamer Alexis Angulo. Though the sanctioning body ordered Canelo Alvarez to face mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim for the vacant belt, “El Bandera Roja” still wants his name in the mix. His promoter, Sampsom Lewkowicz, has petitioned Mauricio Sulaiman and co. to reinstate him in the 168-pound rankings.
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TEAM BENAVIDEZ PETITION WBC TO BE PLACED BACK IN SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT RANKINGS; UNDEFEATED FORMER CHAMPION WAS PLACED IN #1 SLOT AT LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT Sampson Lewkowicz, promoter for undefeated two-time WBC Super Middleweight World Champion David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez, has sent the following letter to the WBC, requesting they reinstate Benavidez into their super middleweight rankings. After failing to make weight for what would have been his first defense of the WBC strap against Roamer Alexis Angulo on August 15, the WBC graciously installed Benavidez as their #1 contender at light heavyweight. However, after consulting with physicians, Team Benavidez say they’re confident the pandemic played a major role in Benavidez’s weight problems and that 168lbs is still a safe weight to make for the 23-year-old Benavidez. Benavidez was stripped of his WBC title by weighing in 2.8 pounds over the super middleweight limit but went on to score a dominating 10th round TKO over Angulo. Lewkowicz says he’s requesting the WBC place Benavidez in the super middleweight ratings in a position where he can secure an elimination fight and start the road to regaining his championship.
In case that image isn’t showing up for you, Lewkowicz argues that Benavidez (23-0, 20 KO) entered fight week at his usual weight, but lacked the resources in the “bubble” to cut the final few pounds and make 168; he specifically notes that Benavidez had just one hour per day to access a treadmill.
While the onus was on Lewkowicz and Benavidez to learn beforehand what sort of amenities they’d have access to and adjust their preparation accordingly, the explanation at least makes sense. Considering the WBC allowed Luis Nery to keep his spot in their rankings after losing their bantamweight belt on the scale, there’s no reason not to extend Benavidez the same courtesy.