Benavidez Set to Recapture WBC Title
After being twice stripped of the title, the boxing betting odds now have David Benavidez as a heavy favorite to recapture it. Sort of. The interim WBC super-middleweight title is on the line against fellow hard-hitter David Lemieux. If Benavidez proves his betting odds right, not only will he capture some form of redemption but also potentially book a future fight against Canelo Alvarez.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports and boxing odds for Benavidez vs Lemieux. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Benavidez’s Greatest Foe: Himself
If David Benavidez isn’t a bigger star than he should be, he has only himself to thank for that. The two-time WBC super-middleweight champion lost the belt twice due to missing weight and testing positive for cocaine, respectively. Inside the ring, though, the American has been near-flawless.
The 6-foot Benavidez is big for the division, which explains why he has trouble making weight. But if he gets his weight-cutting down pat, few boxers in the division can match his speed and power. Although an American, Benavidez’s style is similar to his Latino-American roots in that he fights with so much ferocity.
Fighting in his hometown, Benavidez will absorb the cheers from his fans and take it to Lemieux. As a 30-1 favorite, a bet online on Benavidez is worth it and dare we say, a solid value. He is unbeaten for a reason and is big enough to fight a weight division or two above. Here is hoping he is focused and keeps his “extracurricular” activities to a minimum.
Lemieux Punching Above Weight
We love us some David Lemieux. The Canadian pugilist throws down hard and over 83 percent of his victories came via knockout. Lemieux has only lost to the likes of Gennadiy Golovkin and Billy Joe Saunders in the last 11 years. But this is down a weight division.
Going against Benavidez, Lemieux is fighting a boxer who could be two divisions bigger than him. Lemieux will be giving up a sizable height and reach advantage, which will make it much harder for him to execute his technical brawling style.
But we can’t sleep entirely on Lemieux. A man that hits as hard as he does should never be counted out, entirely even if the online gambling odds are offering a return 10 times your wager. With that said, we cannot responsibly endorse betting on Lemieux.
Benavidez vs Lemieux Head-to-Head
David Benavidez if three inches taller than David Lemieux and has a seven-inch reach advantage. Benavidez is also eight years Lemieux’s junior and he has no losses while Lemieux has suffered two knockout losses in his career.
Benavidez vs Lemieux Fight Information
- Fight: Benavidez (25-0-0, 22 KOs) vs Lemieux (43-4-0, 36 KOs)
- Location: Gila River Arena, Glendale, AZ
- Day/Time: Saturday, 10 p.m. ET
- Benavidez vs Lemieux Live stream: Box Live
Benavidez vs Lemieux Betting Lines
Benavidez vs Lemieux Prediction
David Lemieux will put up a fight here for as short as this fight lasts. But, ultimately, David Benavidez should be able to knock him out within the first four rounds. Lemieux’s biggest asset is his power and his aggressiveness, which will only make him more likely to be knocked out. However, betting Benavidez at these odds gives little to the bettor.
Instead, throw Benavidez in a parlay or bet on him to knock out Lemieux at 8-1. Additionally, the total rounds are set at 4½ and we like for this one to be finished before the middle of the fourth round in Benavidez’s favor.