David Benavidez examined constructive for COVID-19, sources informed ESPN on Wednesday, suspending his Aug. 28 combat with Jose Uzcategui in Phoenix that was set to headline Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Showtime,
The 24-year-old quantity puncher, considered one of boxing’s rising stars, has been pushing towards an eventual shot on the division kingpin, Canelo Alvarez. Benavidez (24-0, 21 KOs) has scored 4 consecutive victories inside the space since a rematch victory over Ronald Gavril in 2018.
If Benavidez (24-0, 21 KOs) might grow to be the primary fighter to cease Uzcategui, it could mark the most important win of his budding profession. However, he’ll have to attend for the chance. The plan, sources stated, is to reschedule the conflict of former 168-pound titleholders.
The postponement is simply the newest in a string of notable boxing cancellations. At some point earlier, Errol Spence Jr. withdrew from his Aug. 21 combat with Manny Pacquiao after a torn retina was found. Final month, Tyson Fury pulled out of his trilogy combat with Deontay Wilder after contracting COVID. And one month earlier than that, Teofimo Lopez fell in poor health from the coronavirus, forcing his title bout with George Kambosos to be rescheduled.
Benavidez was set to headline in his native Phoenix native for the primary time as he inches nearer to a different title shot. At 20 years outdated, Benavidez turned the youngest champion in super-middleweight historical past when he scored a break up choice over Gavril in a tougher-than-expected combat.
He was even dropped within the twelfth spherical of that 2017 bout, however left little doubt within the return bout. Nonetheless, it was just one profitable protection of the title for Benavidez: he examined constructive for cocaine and was stripped of the belt earlier than his subsequent combat.
With an uncanny mix of dimension, power and hand velocity, Benavidez has lengthy been seen because the fighter who can greatest problem Canelo. His resume features a win over one former titleholder in Anthony Dirrell. Uzcategui (31-4, 26 KOs) would make it two.
The Mexican stopped Anthony’s brother, Andre Dirrell, in a 2018 breakout efficiency, and was elevated from interim champion forward of a protection towards Caleb Plant in January 2019. Plant dropped Uzcategui twice en path to a unanimous choice. Two fights later, Uzcategui was once more on the canvas and misplaced one other choice, this time an upset to Lionell Thompson.
Regardless of all of the knockdowns in these two fights, Uzcategui noticed the ultimate bell. Benavidez will now have to attend for his probability to complete him off.