Anthony Dirrell will take on David Benavidez as a co-feature to the main event between Errol Spence Jr. and Shawn Porter. The good news for fans though is both Dirrell and Benavidez are capable of producing a match worth watching.
The need for Dirrel vs Benavidez
The Dirrell vs Benavidez event will be broadcasted on Fox Sports on September 28. Dirrell and Benavidez will fight before the PPV event as a supplementary action to increase the sales of the event. The main event is already receiving a lot of flak for the lack of its star attraction. Many fans are complaining that the match is not worth the $70.
The main event is not as grand as, say, Fury vs Schwarz or the Aamir Khan vs Dib. The card is already looking a bit too expensive and so the organizers have arranged the co-feature. A few more undercard fights are expected to attract fans not interested in the main event.
What does the Dirrell-Benadivez match offer?
Dirrell, to be honest, doesn’t look like a boxer for long fights. To survive 12 rounds will be an achievement in itself for the man who has failed to last in his last few fights. Add to it Benavidez’s power game, it’s an uphill task for the WBC Super Middleweight champion.
Dirrell’s though has a fine record (33-1-1) with 24 KOs. Put that up against the big handed Benavidez (21-0, 18KOs) and you see a relishing matchup. But to be honest, the advantage is clearly with Benavidez. The former WBC titleholder, 22, would have not lost the title but for the positive doping test that banned him.
Sources tell The Athletic that David Benavidez and Anthony Dirrell are set to fight in late September in L.A. Benavidez will look to reclaim the 168-pound strap that he lost when he tested positive for cocaine last year. Benavidez, at 22, one of fastest-rising stars in boxing
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He is back this year with a bang and defeated J’Leon Love in March with a 2nd round KO. Dirrell on the other hard is in the twilight of his career. He looks past from his best at 34. There was indeed a time when he looked absolutely unbeatable. The ageing warrior beat opponents for fun in his prime (2005-13).
The Dirrell vs Benavidez fight still promises to be closely contested and is the need of the hour looking at the main event.