Showcase fights don’t get much bigger for the “A-side” than David Benavidez’s fight with Kyrone Davis, which takes place Saturday night and airs live on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET. With a win, Benavidez could earn a fight against the biggest star in boxing, lined up as potentially the last super middleweight who could challenge undisputed champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Benavidez (24-0, 21 KO) was originally lined up for a fight with Jose Uzcategui, which Benavidez would have entered as a heavy favorite, but Uzcategui failed a drug test and Davis got the call to step in on short notice, replacing one opponent Benavidez was expected to run through with another.
Benavidez, a big, strong, heavy-handed fighter, may well have already scored a fight with Canelo had he been able to stay out of his own way. His first reign as WBC super middleweight champion came to an end in September 2018 after he tested positive for cocaine. A second run with the same title came to an end in August 2020 when Benavidez missed weight ahead of a title defense against Alexis Angulo. Maintaining his championship status would have put Benavidez directly in Canelo’s path as the Mexican superstar was on his way to unify all four world titles at 168 pounds.
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Davis (16-2-1, 6 KO) is a fighter very much of the quality Benavidez has spent much of his career handling with ease. A PBC on Fox main event against Anthony Dirrell earlier this year put Davis on the map a bit, as he battled Dirrell to a draw. Rather than effectively build on the momentum of an impressive performance on a big stage, Davis stumbled badly against unheralded Martez McGregor in September. Davis would have lost the fight on the cards had McGregor not picked up point deductions that allowed Davis to sneak out with a decision victory.
Opportunity has now knocked for Davis for a second time, landing an unlikely second major broadcast main event in 2021.
In the co-featured bout on Saturday night, Jose Benavidez Jr. returns from a three-year layoff to take on Francisco Emanuel Torres at super welterweight. The brother of David Benavidez, Jose is in action for the first time since suffering a TKO loss at the hands of Terence Crawford in a challenge for the WBO welterweight crown. Prior to that, Benavidez won 27 straight fights with 18 knockouts on his resume.
Here’s the latest fight card for Saturday night along with odds from Caesars Sportsbook.