On May 21st, the super middleweight division is set for a clash of two big-time sluggers as David Benavidez and David Lemieux are set to fight for the interim WBC super-middleweight title.
Benavidez (25-0, 22 KO) and Lemieux (43-4 36 KO) would be fighting for a shot at reigning WBC super-middleweight champion, Canelo Alvarez more likely in a year.
Canelo will be tied up with DAZN for fights scheduled in 2022, one being in May against WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol and one in September against IBF middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin as well as one in December against an opponent that’s to be determined.
David Benavidez, 25, has held the WBC 168lbs title twice. Both of them being stripped as opposed to losing them in the ring. The first was positive testing for cocaine in 2018 and then the second came from failing to make weight in a bout against Alexis Ángulo in 2020.
David Lemieux, 33, is a former IBF middleweight champion who has won five bouts in a row since suffering a loss to Billy Joe Saunders in 2017. None of the bouts were of high profile as Lemieux was acclimating to his new division as the Canadian would struggle to make 160.
Lemieux and Golden Boy on several occasions tried to book a fight between him and Canelo but wouldn’t come to fruition. His last three fights have been at 168 lbs with two being in Canada, and one in Mexico.
Benavidez should be a strong favorite in this match-up, but it’s Lemieux’s power and experience that makes all the difference in this sneaky match-up. Lemieux has fight-ending power that even the likes of Golovkin respected in their 2015 bout. It’s Benavidez’s size and natural weight along with his punching combinations and power that will enable him with more tools to win.
The bout between these two exciting super middleweight should be the perfect fight for both men at this stage of their respective careers, as Benavidez looks to cement the biggest name of his undefeated career, and Lemieux looks to show why he still belongs at the upper echelon of boxing after a career that has spanned a decade and a half.
— East Side Boxing (@eastsideboxing) March 4, 2022