Saturday night’s ShoBox telecast featured a number of impressive performances, but it was young light-heavyweight, David Benavidez (11-0, 10 KOs), who stole the show with a first round beat-down of journeyman Felipe Romero (19-10-1, 13 KOs).
David Benavidez is a young 18-year-old prospect who is just getting his career off the ground, but he showed dynamic ability on ShoBox. He is a raw fighter who is learning as he goes, but shows tremendous potential.
He’s got a big frame at 6’2” and has an abundance of power in his left hand. He fights in a conventional stance and throws a mean lead left hook upstairs and downstairs. Benavidez sent Romero to the canvas three times. His first knockdown of Romero came from a thunderous left hook to the head. His second came from a left hook to the body, and the final knockdown started with another left hook to the body. He followed it with a right to the head which finished Romero off.
There are still a lot of question marks surrounding Benavidez. He’s yet to face challenging competition. Romero is a low level fighter. Benavidez was supposed to destroy Romero, but the same can be said for most young prospects. They tend to face weak opposition early on in their careers. Regardless of his opponent, Benavidez proved to me that he has some heavy hands and possesses one-punch knockout power.
In ShoBox’s main event Jarrett Hurd stopped Frank Galarza in the sixth round. Sergiy Derevyanchenko looked good stopping Jesse Nicklow in the third round, but to me, David Benavidez commanded the spotlight. I look forward to seeing him again in the near future.