Up-and-coming super middleweight fighter David Benavidez delivered what could be the knockout of the year to Rogelio “Porky” Medina in a world title elimination match after landing a vicious 7-punch combo. It looks more like a Mortal Kombat fatality than a boxing knockout.
“This is just a glimpse of what I can do. I’ve never fought a fighter that pushed me to the full extent like this. Porky Medina is a tremendous fighter. It took everything for me to knock him out, but it was an amazing fight.”
Spoken like a champion. Check out his hand speed and lethal accuracy below:
First lesson: Don’t call yourself “Porky”
That name might work for a grade school bully, but leaves a little somethin’ to be desired in a world-class fighter. Sure, Canelo Alvarez runs around calling himself “Cinnamon” but that’s more exception than the rule. Porky Medina needs a name like these guys:
Best to stick to something simple; “Irish” Mickey Ward, “Iron Mike” Tyson, “Real Deal” Holyfield. A good nickname sounds cool and describes the fighter.
Second lesson: Your opponent is not going to tire himself out by hitting you in the face
Porky Medina has a hell of a chin, but there’s a difference between “rolling with the punches” and “eating punches ’til you die.”
20-year-old David Benavidez is walking the walk and talking the talk after this latest knockout.
“This makes me more humble and gives me more motivation to work harder. There has never been a super middleweight champion at 20-years old, but I’m going to be the first to do that.”
Check out full fight highlights below:
At 19-0 with 18 KOs, Benavidez is poised to shake up the supper middleweight division. This win earned him the right to fight for the vacant super middleweight title.
Boxing needs more fighters like Benavidez. His 95% knockout percentage makes his bouts must-watch TV. With the explosion of the UFC and the surging popularity of MMA, the Sweet Science is desperate to maintain relevancy. The fact that the sport’s most anticipated fight is a dog and pony show between a retired boxer and a trash-talking Irishman known more for his pre-fight antics than in-ring prowess speaks to the delicate situation boxing finds itself in.
Part of the problem has been the lack of explosive fighters the past decade, especially heavyweights. There hasn’t been anyone since Iron Mike that won the hearts and minds of pugilists and casual fans alike. The Klitschko brothers (until recently) had boxing in a long-armed Ukrainian chokehold, but back-to-back losses to Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua brought end to Wladmir Klitschko’s tenure as king of the heavyweight division, opening the door for younger, more exciting fighters.
If Benavidez keeps knocking people out in style, he’ll be one of the biggest names in boxing in short order.