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‘David was the man, we move on’: Everything Demetrius Andrade said after loss to David Benavidez

Demetrius Andrade gave David Benavidez his respect, and says he’ll be back stronger.

David Benavidez v Demetrius Andrade
Demetrius Andrade gave David Benavidez his respect, and says he’ll be back stronger
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Demetrius Andrade’s night didn’t go how he was hoping, as he took his first pro loss via sixth round stoppage to David Benavidez.

But Andrade (32-1, 19 KO) says he’ll be back and continue hunting another world title, while giving Benavidez his credit — at least for being the bigger man and “a hell of a fighter.”

“I thought I did everything I needed to do to get the bigger man off of me. David is definitely a hell of a fighter,” Andrade said.

“Nobody was willing to get in the ring with him, same (for me). I tried to become a three-division world champion, that’s not far-fetched. David was the man today. Congratulations to him and his family. We move on and we’re gonna keep pushing.”

On how the fight went

“I have had long (layoffs). ... I was trying to get my timing. I did what I had to do. Training camp was great. I just fought the bigger man. I’m not gonna say he was the better, more skillful man, but he was the bigger man. I tried to go to a new weight class. Congratulations to him and I’ll be back. I just gotta go back to the drawing board, work on my body a little more, and I think we’ll be right back at it.”

On the fourth round knockdown

“Listen, David’s just a big dude. He throws some tough shots. He’s a hell of a fighter, as well. I thought my skills would have overwhelmed him, but his size and strength definitely got the better hand today.”

On how good Benavidez is

“It’s not that he’s a greater, more skillful fighter than me. I’m moving up to a third division. Trying to be world champion. I came to fight the bigger man. Nobody’s willing to get in the ring with him, nobody’s willing to get in the ring with me. I showed balls, I showed what I’ve got, and I put it on the line. This was my second fight at 168 lbs and I did what I had to do today.”

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