Benavidez has now won 17 of his 18 fights by KO – giving him a 94 per cent strike ratio – but he is not just a one-punch bruiser
DAVID BENAVIDEZ produced a stunning seven-punch combination to flatten Rogelio Medina in their super middleweight clash.
The pummelling prospect could now face British hero Callum Smith next, if the Scouser wins his September 9 fight with Anthony Dirrell for the vacant WBC world title.
The fearsome 20-year-old already had a growing reputation but his fight against ‘Porky’ Medina was considered a big step and genuine test.
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Medina went 12 rounds with IBF boss and Team GB icon James DeGale last year and had only been stopped three times in his career before the weekend.
But Arizona beast, Benavidez, destroyed the tough Mexican with a phenomenal round-eight finish after hurting him as early as the fourth.
Benavidez has now won 17 of his 18 fights by KO – giving him a 94 per cent strike ratio – but he is not just a one-punch bruiser.
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The hot prospect combines head and body shots and hits a stunning uppercut that looks capable of troubling anyone in his division.
Medina was floored twice in the lop-sided contest before he was knocked under the ropes and out of the ring for the ten count.
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz said his man is the best super middleweight in the world.
He said: “We were hopeful David would win the fight but I am amazed at how he won.
“He was incredible. Have you ever seen a knockout like that?
“An eight-punch combination that almost put Medina out of the ring?
“David is the best super middleweight in the world. No one can take his punches.
“It doesn’t make a difference who he fights for the title. David will roll over everybody he fights.
“He is the new boss at 168 lbs. I am very happy to be his promoter and my congratulations also go to his father, Jose, who does a great job getting him ready for his fights.”