David Benavidez
David Benavidez

David Benavidez

“El Bandera Roja / Red Flag”

RECORD

22 - 0 - 0

KOs

19

Weight 168 lbs (76.36 kg)

Age 23

Home Phoenix, Arizona,

Complete Stats

One of boxing's most exciting young fighters, David Benavidez made his pro debut at age 16 and became the youngest 168-pound World Champion in the sport's history. Read Bio

Next Fight / Aug 15, 2020


David Benavidez vs Roamer Alexis Angulo


Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut

Latest News

David Benavidez News
PBC Boxing Video
Aug 11, 2020 / Benavidez vs Angulo, David Benavidez

David Benavidez: New Life, Same Goals

After making changes in his own life for the better, the undefeated World Super Middleweight Champion is prepared for everything as he returns to the ring versus slugger Roamer Alexis Angulo Saturday night on SHOWTIME.

PBC Boxing Video
Mar 9, 2020 / Benavidez vs Angulo, David Benavidez, Rances Barthelemy

Super Middleweight Champ David Benavidez defends WBC Title in homecoming fight vs Roamer Alexis Angulo April 18 on SHOWTIME

Rising Lightweight contender Michel Rivera faces Mexico’s Marcos Villasana Jr. in a WBA Title Eliminator and interim WBA Super Lightweight Champion Alberto Puello takes on former two-division World Champion Rances Barthelemy on the card at Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix.

PBC Boxing Video
Feb 12, 2020 / The PBC Podcast, David Benavidez

This Week on The PBC Podcast: David Benavidez Talks That Talk

The undefeated WBC World Super Middleweight Champion maps out his plan for a division takeover--and offers some candid thoughts on fellow champion and rival, Caleb Plant.

Fights

David Benavidez Fights

WIN vs Anthony Dirrell 33-2-1

Sep 28, 2019 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

Anthony Dirrell LOSES to David Benavidez by TKO in Round 8 of 12

Win vs J'Leon Love 24-3-1

Mar 16, 2019 AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, USA

David Benavidez WINS against J'Leon Love by TKO in Round 2 of 10

Win vs Ronald Gavril 19-3-0

Feb 17, 2018 Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Neveda

David Benavidez WINS against Ronald Gavril by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Ronald Gavril 19-3-0

Sep 08, 2017 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

David Benavidez WINS against Ronald Gavril by SD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Rogelio Medina 39-9-0

May 20, 2017 Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas

David Benavidez WINS against Rogelio Medina by KO in Round 8 of 12

Win vs Sherali Mamajonov 14-1-0

Jan 28, 2017 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

David Benavidez WINS against Sherali Mamajonov by TKO in Round 2 of 8

Win vs Denis Douglin 22-7-0

Aug 05, 2016 2300 Arena, Philadelphia

David Benavidez WINS against Denis Douglin by TKO in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Francy Ntetu 16-0-0

Jun 25, 2016 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA

David Benavidez WINS against Francy Ntetu by TKO in Round 7 of 8

Win vs Phillip Jackson Benson 16-2-0

Apr 30, 2016 StubHub Center, Carson, California, USA

David Benavidez WINS against Phillip Jackson Benson by KO in Round 2 of 8

Win vs Kevin Cobbs 10-1-0

Jan 19, 2016 Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California, USA

David Benavidez WINS against Kevin Cobbs by KO in Round 2 of 8

Win vs Felipe Romero 19-9-1

Nov 14, 2015 Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

David Benavidez WINS against Felipe Romero by TKO in Round 1 of 8

Win vs Alberto Gutierrez 0-11-0

Sep 05, 2015 CUM Aguaprieta, Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico

David Benavidez WINS against Alberto Gutierrez by TKO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Ricardo Campillo 9-7-1

May 15, 2015 US Airway Centre, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

David Benavidez WINS against Ricardo Campillo by TKO in Round 2 of 6

Win vs Rollin Williams 23-20-2

Apr 25, 2015 Celebrity Theater, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

David Benavidez WINS against Rollin Williams by TKO in Round 1 of 8

Win vs Azamat Umarzoda 1-6-2

Dec 20, 2014 Celebrity Theater, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

David Benavidez WINS against Azamat Umarzoda by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Juan Hernandez Luis 0-0-0

Oct 11, 2014 Gimnacio Municipal de Box, Nogales, Sonora, Mexico

David Benavidez WINS against Juan Hernandez Luis by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Jairo Dolores 0-0-0

Aug 23, 2014 Campos Deportivos de la Casa Social Cerveceria Tecate, Tecate, Baja California, Mexico

David Benavidez WINS against Jairo Dolores by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Erick Revueltas 0-1-0

May 24, 2014 Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

David Benavidez WINS against Erick Revueltas by KO in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Arturo Martinez 0-0-0

Apr 11, 2014 Hipódromo Caliente, Arena Tecate, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

David Benavidez WINS against Arturo Martinez by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Omar Aizpuro 1-1-0

Jan 31, 2014 Caliente Racetrack, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

David Benavidez WINS against Omar Aizpuro by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Edgar Galvan 0-5-0

Dec 04, 2013 Salon Las Pulgas, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

David Benavidez WINS against Edgar Galvan by KO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Erasmo Mendoza 0-0-0

Aug 17, 2013 El Chamizal, Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico

David Benavidez WINS against Erasmo Mendoza by KO in Round 1 of 4

Stats

David Benavidez “El Bandera Roja / Red Flag”

  • WINS 22
  • LOSSES 0
  • DRAWS 0
  • KOs 19

Weight 168 lbs (76.36 kg)

Height 6'" (1.87 m)

Reach 77" (196 cm)

  • Born

    December 17, 1996
  • Age

    23
  • Country

    USA
  • Born in

    Phoenix, AZ
  • Trains in

    Phoenix, AZ
  • Stance

    Orthodox
  • Rounds Boxed

    87
  • KO Percentage

    86.36%
  • Boxing Hero

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Bio

David Benavidez Bio

One of boxing's most exciting young fighters, David Benavidez became the youngest World Champion in super middleweight history by defeating Ronald Gavril in September 2017. Benavidez became a two-time world champion when he stopped veteran Anthony Dirrel in September 2019 for the WBC World Super Middleweight belt.

A FIGHTING FAMILY

Mexican-American David Benavidez was born in Phoenix, AZ, to parents Jose (Father) and Michelle.  He is the younger brother of welterweight contender Jose Benavidez Jr. and older brother of sisters Isabella and Daisy. 

Sacrifice and dedication…two elements of boxing that David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez knows all too well.  While most two and three year olds toiled at playgrounds, David was learning how to throw jabs, with his older brother Jose.  While his ten and eleven-year-old friends spent hours defeating video game foes, David honed his skills as a young boxer, defeating different types of rivals in the ring. 

At fifteen years of age, while his classmates were pursuing girls and parties, David was traveling the country, sparring with the likes of Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, Kelly Pavlik, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, Lateef “Power” Kayode and other world class fighters. 

David held his own with these fighters, and when he turned sixteen, a decision was to be made - continue to fight as an amateur or make his professional debut in Mexico.  Finding fights in the amateur ranks had been a struggle.  Standing over 6’ tall at 15 years of age, it was difficult to find opponents that were able and, moreover, willing to step into the ring with the gifted boxer.  

He watched as his brother, Jose Benavidez, Jr. fought as a professional, garnering the attention of media outlets worldwide, and building a following of loyal fans.  These fans bought tickets to see David compete as an amateur on the Celebrity Theatre stage in Phoenix, just by virtue of his being Junior’s brother.  

Ready to come into his own, sixteen year-old David and his father, Jose Benavidez, Sr. made a decision.  David would make his professional debut in Rocky Point, Mexico, in August of 2013.  It was a short bout, with David making quick work of his opponent, and scoring a first round knockout.  

His second professional bout, this time in Tijuana, would have the same result. In 2015 David signed with Sampson Boxing, and continued his winning streak, improving his record to 15-0. 2015 and 2016 saw Benavidez rise up the rankings with five knockout victories, including triumphs over then unbeaten Francy Ntetu and veteran contenders Rogelio Medina and Denis Douglin.

MAKING HISTORY

On September 8, 2017, Benavidez became the youngest super middleweight champion in history at 20-years-old by defeating Ronald Gavril via split-decision. Benavidez survived a final round knockdown, getting back on his feet to finish off a fight that garnered Fight of the Year recognition. 

The knockdown earned Gavril a rematch with Benavidez, but Benavidez took care of business and won a wide unanimous decision to retain his title. Later that year, Benavidez tested positive for benzoylecgonine, and was given a six-month suspension and named champion in recess by the WBC.  

CHAMPION ONCE MORE

Benavidezmade his return to the ring in March of 2019, competing as the co-main event on the Errol Spence Jr. vs. Mikey Garcia FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Benavidez made quick work of J'Leon Love, knocking him out in two rounds.

The win set up a showdown versus veteran Anthony Dirrell, who had won the WBC 168-pound title in Benavidez's absence. 

Benavidez slowly broke down Dirrell, opening a bad cut over his eye with a right hand in the sixth, and putting him away with a series of combinations in the ninth. Official time was 1:39.

Afterward, the new champion sank to his knees in jubilation.

"There are so many emotions coming at me at once,” said Benavidez. “We put so much hard work into this training camp. We left home and were away from everything. But I had the dream to become the youngest two-time super middleweight world champion and I made my dreams come true.”