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David Benavidez prevailed against Demetrius Andrade in a super middleweight bout on Saturday evening in Las Vegas. Benavidez emerged victorious by TKO in the sixth round after dominating the action for over two rounds. A knockdown was scored by him in the late stages of the fourth round, and in rounds five and six, he battered Andrade around the ring. Andrade was warned multiple times throughout the bout that he "needed to show something," and his corner put a stop to the fight at the conclusion of the sixth round.
Benavidez improved his undefeated record to 28-0 with his 24th win by knockout. After the match, he sought out boxing legend Mike Tyson at ringside and then issued a challenge to his Mexican rival, Canelo Alvarez. "Let's give the fans what they want to see - David Benavidez against Canelo!" said Benavidez in a post-fight statement.
Andrade, a former world champion in two weight divisions, was only fighting for the second time at 168 lbs, while Benavidez is a former titlist at that weight, having won twice before. The match lived up to the expectations of violence, as Benavidez relentlessly pursued Andrade. In the third round, the pressure started to take a toll on Andrade, causing him to falter, and Benavidez took advantage of the gaps in his defense to land powerful punches supplemented by his long jab. In the fourth round, Benavidez completely dominated the match, unleashing a barrage of punches, and Andrade couldn't find a way to escape. Benavidez dominated the former champion with a barrage of uppercuts and right hands until a vicious right hand knocked Andrade out at the end of the round. After that, Benavidez was in complete control.
The fight card included Jermall Charlo's unanimous decision victory over Jose Benavidez Jr. and Subriel Matias's sixth-round TKO defeat of Shohjahon Ergashev, in addition to the main event. Hector Luis Garcia was defeated by Lamont Roach through a split decision.
Benavidez has been calling for a fight with Canelo Alvarez for several years, and after his violent display of offense that finished another former champion, it may be time for Canelo to answer the call. Canelo has attempted to steer clear of Benavidez, but how much longer can he avoid "The Mexican Monster?"