Super Middle Weight
Anthony David Benavidez, born on December 17, 1996, is a professional American boxer. He holds the distinction of being a two-time WBC super middleweight champion, first from 2017 to 2018 and then again from 2019 to 2020. Notably, he became the youngest super middleweight titleholder in history when he claimed his first belt at the age of 21 years, eight months, three weeks, and one day. Benavidez is highly ranked, holding the second position in The Ring, second in the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and fourth in BoxRec.
David Benavidez was born to a Mexican father and an Ecuadorian-Dominican mother. His older brother, José Benavidez Jr., is also a professional boxer, and both brothers are trained by their father. During his adolescence, at the age of 15, Benavidez struggled with his weight, reaching 250 pounds due to difficulties with dieting and discipline.
Benavidez began boxing at the incredibly young age of three and boasted an impressive amateur record of 15 wins and 0 losses.
Benavidez made his professional debut at the remarkably young age of 16, achieving a one-round knockout victory over Erasmo Moreno in Puerto Peñasco. He secured his first belt, the NABF Junior light heavyweight title, against Rollin Williams in April 2015. By the end of 2015, he had amassed 12 wins with 11 stoppages and no losses. In October 2015, he signed a promotional deal with Sampson Lewkowicz’s Sampson Boxing.
Throughout his early professional career, Benavidez continued to impress. He won a fight against Kevin Cobbs in January 2016, stopping his opponent in round 2. In April 2016, he fought on the undercard of Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto II, defeating Phillip Jackson Benson via a round 2 stoppage.
Benavidez also participated in an 8-round bout against Francy Ntetu on the undercard of the welterweight world title bout between Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter, winning via a round 7 TKO. He continued his successful run with a victory over Denis Douglin in his first 10-round bout, stopping Douglin in the tenth round.