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Benavidez and Gavril in rematch

WBC super-middleweight David Benavidez from Phoenix, Arizona, at age 20, became the youngest champion in the division’s history when he outpointed Romania’s Ronald Gavril on a disputed decision on 8 September last year.

Now the two will meet in a rematch at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino Events Centre in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

The 31-year-old Gavril (18-2; 14), who fights out of Las Vegas, has claimed that he was robbed by the judges, who scored the fight a split decision, 117-116, 116-11 for Benavidez, and 116-111 in favour of Gavril.

Benavidez (19-0; 17) was on a ten-fight knockout streak before the points win over Gavril.

The other major organisation champions are WBA, George Groves (GB), IBF, Caleb Truax (US) and WBO, Gilberto Ramirez (Mexico).


In the main event on the same card, in a battle of former world champions, Danny Garcia (33-1; 19) meets Brandon Rios (34-3-1; 19) over 12 rounds in a final eliminator for the WBC welterweight belt.

Garcia, 29, lost his WBC welterweight belt to Keith Thurman on a split decision in March last year and hasn’t fought since.

The 31-year-old Rios has only had one fight since he was stopped by Timothy Bradley Jr in November 2015, a seventh-round knockout over Aaron Herrera in June last year.

Both fighters have had long layoffs and it depends on how much Rios has left, with odds that Garcia could win inside the distance.


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