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David Benavidez to face Kyrone Davis in November 13 Showtime main event

With Jose Uzcategui out, Kyrone Davis has stepped up to the plate.

Kyrone Davis will face David Benavidez on November 13
Kyrone Davis will face David Benavidez on November 13
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

David Benavidez has a new opponent for his Nov. 13 Showtime main event, as the two-time former titlist will now face Kyrone Davis.

Benavidez had been scheduled to fight Jose Uzcategui, who was pulled from the fight today after failing a drug test.

Davis (16-2-1, 6 KO) is, if we’re being honest, not a very good opponent for Benavidez (24-0, 21 KO), who will be expected to roll over another foe en route to possibly facing the Canelo-Plant winner in early 2022.

The 26-year-old Davis went to a draw with ex-titleholder Anthony Dirrell in February, leading some to wonder if Davis was better than expected or if the then 36-year-old Dirrell had just slipped badly or had an off-night.

We may have gotten an answer to that in September, when Davis returned in Minneapolis against club fighter Martez McGregor and struggled a bit to a narrow eight-round decision win, a fight that Davis would have lost by split decision except for three points taken from McGregor during the rough bout.

Davis’ other more notable fights were a split decision win over Marcos Hernandez in 2017 and a loss to Patrick Day in 2018.

The Showtime event will also still feature a return for David’s brother, Jose Benavidez Jr (27-1, 18 KO), a former blue chip prospect who hasn’t lived up to the hype as a pro, and hasn’t fought since a 2018 loss to Terence Crawford. He’ll be taking on Francisco Emanuel Torres (17-3, 5 KO) in a 10-round fight at 154 lbs.

Rances Barthelemy (28-1-1, 14 KO) is listed for the card against Gustavo David Vittori (25-9-1, 12 KO), but that either isn’t fully official, or won’t be airing on Showtime, as it’s not mentioned in the Showtime press release. The latter would not be a surprise, because Vittori really is not a Showtime-quality fighter.

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