None of today’s myriad weigh-ins offered more intrigue than that of David Benavidez, but “El Bandera Roja” came through drama-free, hitting the scale nearly a pound under the super middleweight limit at 167.2 pounds.
Opponent Ronald Ellis, who had some scale issues of his own last year when he attempted to move to middleweight, came in at the same weight. Top lightweight contender Isaac Cruz (134 lbs.) and late-notice foe Matias Romero (134.8 lbs.) had no issues, and neither did openers Jamontay Clark (154.6 lbs.) and Terrell Gausha (154.4 lbs.).
Benavidez (23-0, 20 KO) infamously came in well over the limit for a planned WBC title defense against Roamer Alexis Angulo in August 2020, becoming one of very few modern boxers to lose the same belt twice for different out-of-ring reasons. He’s still likely bound for light heavyweight sooner rather than later, but for now, he remains a genuine super middleweight.