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David Benavidez Shines in Light Heavyweight Debut, Overpowers Oleksandr Gvozdyk


Benavidez defeated Gvozdyk
David Benavidez vs. Oleksandr Gvozdyk

A formidable new contender has emerged in the light heavyweight division: David Benavidez. In his debut at 175 pounds, Benavidez showcased his power and skill by decisively defeating former champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk over 12 rounds. While he didn't achieve a knockout, Benavidez's performance was dominant, securing a lopsided victory on the scorecards.


From the opening bell, Benavidez was aggressive, pushing Gvozdyk backward with sharp jabs and powerful body shots. Although Gvozdyk appeared more naturally suited to the weight class, he struggled to counter Benavidez's elusive style and relentless pressure. The judges' scores reflected Benavidez's superiority, with tallies of 116-112, 117-111, and 119-109 in his favor.


"I think it’s a 7 out of 10 honestly," Benavidez rated his performance. "I felt like I had a great fight, a tough fighter, but we’re looking to move on. I think it’s because I was trying to get a feel at the light heavyweight division. I can’t let [the injuries] affect me. I’m just happy for this victory."


Despite a cut over his eye and a torn tendon in his right hand, Benavidez remained focused and determined. He consistently outworked Gvozdyk with combinations, demonstrating his ability to close the distance and inflict damage. Gvozdyk's attempts to mount an offense were continually thwarted by Benavidez's superior technique and power.


Benavidez's quick left-hands and powerful combinations kept Gvozdyk on the defensive. By the fifth round, Benavidez attacked fearlessly, punishing Gvozdyk with a variety of punches. Gvozdyk's resilience was notable, absorbing significant punishment while Benavidez picked his shots with precision.


As the fight entered the later rounds, Benavidez slowed slightly but still managed to land stinging combinations. His leaping left hook frequently connected, adding to Gvozdyk's troubles. Despite Gvozdyk's efforts to remain active and counter Benavidez, he was unable to land any significant punches.


When the final bell sounded, the outcome was clear. Benavidez's dominant performance sets up potential high-profile fights, including a long-anticipated bout with Canelo Alvarez. Benavidez expressed his desire to compete in both light heavyweight and super middleweight divisions, targeting a return to 168 pounds for another title run.


He also cited the opportunity of facing the winner of the upcoming Dmitry Bivol vs. Artur Beterbiev fight in October. With this impressive debut, Benavidez has solidified his status as a major player in the light heavyweight division.

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