Benavidez vs Gavril WBC world super middleweight Championship 2018 Streaming
David Benavidez meets Ronald Gavril for the WBC super middleweight title on Showtime.
Boxing’s youngest world champion David Benavidez defends his 168-pound world championship for the first time against Ronald Gavril in a rematch of their suspenseful September title showdown.
Benavidez vs Gavril II Boxing Information
Date: Saturday, Feb. 17
Time: 06 p.m. ET
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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Channel: Showtime (check local listings)
Benavidez vs. Gavril, Ugas vs. Robinson – Ready For Battle
LAS VEGAS – Two-division world champion Danny Garcia and former world champion Brandon Rios faced off Thursday at the final press conference for their WBC Welterweight World Title Eliminator this Saturday, February 17live on SHOWTIME from Mandalay Bay Events Center, and presented by Premier Boxing Champions. Photos by Chris Farina and Stephanie Trapp.
Garcia, who returns for his first bout since a unification showdown with Keith Thurman, promised to put on a show, while a confident Rios assured he was 100 percent prepared for what he deemed a “make or break” fight.
Saturday’s co-main event stole the show Thursday as undefeated WBC Super Middleweight World Champion David Benavidez promised to send top-rated contender Ronald Gavril into retirement in their anticipated rematch of a thrilling 2017 split-decision.
Gavril, who floored Benavidez in the final minute of their Fight of the Year nominee, promised a different outcome in Saturday’s rematch.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXINGtelecast begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT with welterweight contenders Yordenis Ugas and Ray Robinson facing offin an IBF 147-pound title eliminator.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions, are on sale now and are available at AXS.com.
David Benavidez defeats Ronald Gavril by split decision to become the youngest 168-pound champion in boxing history.
Benavidez overcame a tough challenge from Ronald Gavril, earning a 12-round split decision despite tasting the canvas in the final round. The Glenn Trowbridge score of 116-111 in favor of Gavril was overruled by the 116-111 score of Adalaide Byrd and 117-111 score of Dave Moretti. The wide scores did not represent the Fight of the Year caliber nature of the fight.
The 20-year-old from Phoenix, Arizona, became the youngest world champion in the history of the 168-pound division (and the youngest current champ), besting Darrin Van Horn by almost two years. It was for the WBC belt left vacant by Badou Jack, who like Gavril is promoted by Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Benavidez was put to the test by Gavril, a Romanian former standout amateur who proved the stage wasn’t too big for him with a reputable performance. Benavidez got off to a good start but Gavril’s defense improved as each round passed.
The two fighters felt each other out with measured approaches early on, but that began to change when they each found success opening up.
In the sixth, Gavril had some early success but ate a big uppercut from Benavidez towards the end of the round that hurt him a little bit.
Benavidez’s output really slowed in the second half of the fight, and Gavril was outworking him with combinations. When Benavidez opened up, he shook Gavril with some good punches inside.
Perhaps it was Gavril’s deeper well of experience that gave him an edge in the fight. Benavidez is still five years from reaching the age that Gavril fought his first pro fight at. When Benavidez’s gameplan stopped working, he didn’t know how to adjust the fight in his favor.
As the fight entered the championship rounds, Benavidez found his second wind. Halfway through the 10th, Benavidez landed a clubbing right hand that shook Gavril. Even more impressive was the left hand Benavidez landed while moving out of a clinch that Gavril initiated.
In the 11th, Gavril seemed on the verge of being stopped on his feet that Benavidez started with a looping left hand. Gavril somehow found the energy to not only fight back, but land some thudding shots of his own. Benavidez’s 98 punches in the 11th was his high for the fight, in a round he had never been to before in his brief career.
Benavidez got sloppy in the 12th and paid the price when Gavril dropped him unexpectedly with a big left hand. Though it wasn’t enough to swing the fight in Gavril’s favor on the scorecards, it put a scare into the Benavidez fans that he may have cost himself the fight due to the mistake.
There were no losers at the end of this fight. Gavril was a long-odds underdog heading into the bout and gave Benavidez the toughest fight of his career. It certainly was entertaining enough that a rematch shouldn’t be out of the question.
Benavidez has ascended to the top-tier of competition in boxing with the win. The scare against the 31-year-old Gavril should prove to be a good learning experience for the sport’s youngest champion.
Ronald Gavril: I’m a Smarter, Stronger Fighter Than Benavidez
Despite dropping a split decision to the unbeaten Benavidez, Gavril walked away from their 12-round fight September 8 certain that he is smarter and stronger than the precocious knockout artist.
Those are two of the primary reasons the Romanian-born boxer is so confident he’ll win the WBC super middleweight title from Benavidez (19-0, 17 KOs) in their rematch Saturday night at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
“His people tried to make him a superstar before he fought me,” Gavril said as part of an open workout Wednesday in Las Vegas. “I don’t know what people said after the first fight, but they should wait until after the rematch. I’m the stronger fighter.
“The difference in this fight is going to be who boxes smarter. I feel I’m the smarter fighter because if I need to box, I box. If I need to put pressure, I put pressure. I can adapt.”
A short, sneaky left hand Gavril landed dropped Benavidez with 55 seconds left in the final round of their fight five months ago at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Benavidez got right up from what appeared to be a flash knockdown and finished the fight strong.
Phoenix’s Benavidez beat Gavril (18-2, 14 KOs) on two of the three scorecards to win a split decision (117-111, 116-111, 111-116). The 21-year-old Benavidez predicted Wednesday that he’ll knock out Gavril in the fifth round this time.
Gavril believes their rematch will be a back-and-forth slugfest, somewhat like their first fight. The result, according to Gavril, will be quite different.
“I think this is going to be the fight of the year,” Gavril said. “It’s going to be special. The fans should all come see this fight because it’s going to be amazing, with two warriors.”
The 31-year-old Gavril knows he can’t knock Benavidez off his feet, but he hardly seems overconfident.
“I’m not looking for a knockout,” said Gavril, who’s promoted by Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s company. “I’m looking to win every round. But I also don’t want to leave it in the judges’ hands like last time, so we’ll see what happens Saturday.”
Showtime will broadcast the Benavidez-Gavril rematch just before a 12-round, 147-pound main event that’ll match Philadelphia’s Danny Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) against Brandon Rios (34-3-1, 25 KOs), of Oxnard, California. The network’s tripleheader will begin at 10 p.m. ET with a 12-round IBF welterweight elimination match between Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas (20-3, 9 KOs) and Philadelphia’s Ray Robinson (24-2, 12 KOs).