WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez outworked Ronald Gavril, cruising to a dominating unanimous decision win and retaining his world title last night on Showtime from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. All three judges scored the fight in favor of Benavidez, with scores of 119-109, 120-108, and 120-108.
Benavidez and Gavril put on one of the best fights of 2017, with then 20-year-old Benavidez surviving a 12th-round knockdown and earning a split-decision victory. Benavidez promised Gavril an immediate rematch and dominated the fight entirely with his strong jab, body attack, and uppercut-hook combinations. Although Benavidez was unable to finish Gavril, that just proves how resilient of an opponent Gavril really is.
In his post fight interview, Benavidez said, "I knew he was going to come aggressive. He's a trick one opponent. I knew I could jab and box him all day. When I saw the opening I took it. I didn't knock him out though - he's a tough son of a gun."