David Benavidez gave Demetrius Andrade his first taste of defeat following a sixth-round technical knockout to retain his WBC interim super middleweight title this Sunday (PH time) at Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Benavidez was on the attack right from the opening bell while Andrade boxed and countered as anticipated, throwing flashy combinations in between. Both fighters started to invest in the body as early as round three, landing punches of their own with Benavidez still on the attack.
A right hand on top sent Andrade crashing to the canvas in the dying seconds of round 4. Still wobbly when the action resumed, Benavidez tried to finish by throwing hard punches to the head and body, never allowing his foe to recover.
Andrade weathered the storm, finished the round, and found his feet in round 6. Benavidez was relentless, refusing to give Andrade a little breathing room hammering the latter with every weapon in his arsenal.
Battered and exhausted, Andrade retired on his corner before the start of round 7, earning Benavidez a technical knockout victory. The win improved Benavidez’s perfect record to 28-0 with 24 knockouts while Andrade took his first loss and dropped to 32-1 with 19 knockouts.
—JKC, GMA Integrated News