Unbeaten former super middleweight champion David Benavidez (24-0, 21 KOs) will be able to fight in his hometown of Phoenix this year as a replacement opponent has been named.
Kyrone Davis (16-2-1, 6 KOs), a 168 pound contender who battled Anthony Dirrell to a draw in February, will take the place of Jose Uzcategui as the opponent for Benavidez in the main event of a card that will be in the Footprint Center on November 13th. Uzcategui was forced to withdraw from the Benavidez fight due to a failed drug test.
Benavidez hopes to add to his streak of stopping opponents which is currently at four with the last one coming in March against Ronald Ellis. The 24 year old is viewed by many in the sport as one of the best in the super middleweight division, and wants to get another shot to be a world champion. There are some rumblings that he could be on the verge of stepping in the ring against the winner of the Canelo-Plant fight sometime next year, and with the momentum that he has going into this bout against Davis, Benavidez would love to have an impressive performance against the native of Wilmington, Delaware.
Davis has a 3-0-1 record since his last defeat in 2018, and this is another high profile bout for him this year. He was fighting in the middleweight division before his encounter with Dirrell, and that was a close fight that almost went his way. Now the 26 year old has an opportunity to boost his status in the super middleweight division by scoring a victory over Benavidez. He will continue training under Stephen “Breadman” Edwards who has been known for guiding multiple fighters to success.
This bout will be scheduled for ten rounds and will be shown live on Showtime.