Live results: Benavidez wins by TKO-stoppage in the seventh round over Andrade
The WBC interim super middleweight title will be on the line when champion David Benavidez (27-0, 23 KOs) takes on top contender Demetrius Andrade (32-0, 19 KOs) from the Michelob Ultra Light Arena on the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. This will be the final broadcast for Showtime PPV boxing. The main card will begin at 8 p.m. ET.
The co-main event will feature Jermall Charlo, making his return to the ring after a two-year layoff, against Jose Benavidez Jr.
Benavidez, a 26-year-old from Phoenix, Arizona is hoping to become the next great super middleweight. While he has not been successful in trying to get Canelo Alvarez to take a fight, Benavidez has taken on a role of fighting the toughest guys in the division that are often avoided. His unanimous decision win over Caleb Plant on March 25 ended a string a three-straight wins by knockout. Benavidez is making his third defense of the interim title. He also has a knockout victory over David Lemieux.
Andrade is arguably the most avoided middleweight in the world. He’s a crafty puncher that doesn’t necessarily have a fan-friendly style, but the 35-year-old from Providence, Rhode Island has been very effective. He defended the WBO middleweight title six times before making a move up in weight class to challenge for Benavidez’s title. This is likely Andrade’s last chance to make a big statement. He isn’t likely to get many PPV opportunities or big fights against name opposition if he fails to be Benavidez.
Benavidez is a -380 betting favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. Andrade is the underdog at +275 odds.
David Benavidez vs. Demetrius Andrade round-by-round results
Round 1: Andrade 10-9
Andrade lands a nice left to the body. Over hand right for Benavidez in a response. Big left hook upstairs for Andrade. Nice combination from Andrade just as the bell rung, he snuck a huge right hook in there.
Round 2: Andrade 10-9 (Andrade 20-18)
Andrade with yet another quick combination. Right uppercut from Andrade in midst of a great combination. Good defense from Andrade as Benavidez trying to respond with some punches but missing.
Round 3: Andrade 10-9 (Andrade 30-27)
Low blow check from Andrade. Benavidez pressed up against the ropes and Andrade not slowing down. Right hand from Benavidez and followed up with a left. Andrade in trouble. Momentum seems to have shifted to Benavidez.
Round 4: Benavidez 10-8 (Andrade 38-37)
Now a low blow from Benavidez and Andrade needs time to get back in action. Right uppercut and a power punch to the body from Benavidez. Big RIGHT HAND and Andrade goes down to end the round! Tide is turning here.
Round 5: Benavidez 10-9 (47-47)
Right hand hurts Andrade and he’s in full defense mode at this moment. The power of Benavidez is overwhelming Andrade. Now Benavidez walking him down and lands back-to-back uppercuts. Overhand right and left uppercut, Andrade doing everything in his power to stay on his feet. All Benavidez he’s turning it up a notch.
Round 6: Benavidez 10-9 (Benavidez 57-56)
Andrade’s mouth piece comes out and the ref allows him to regroup. More work from Benavidez and Andrade not landing much back. The energy from early rounds Andrade had seems to disappear. A flurry from Andrade connects and just when he showed flashes, Benavidez walks him down again with a deadly uppercut.
Round 7: Benavidez RTD
After a back and forth dialogue with the referee, Andrade’s corner stops the fight!