Former tremendous middleweight titleholder David Benavidez says he was emboldened by Juan Montiel’s surprisingly efficient efficiency towards Jermall Charlo of their middleweight title combat in June.
The underdog Montiel ended up dropping a large choice, however the combat was extra aggressive than the scorecards indicated. At occasions, Montiel, who pressed ahead all evening, was in a position to land surprisingly clear combos on WBC middleweight titlist Charlo.
Watching Montiel go to work had Benavidez (24-0, 21 KOs) licking his chops.
“I believed, truthfully, that Charlo was going to knock him out early within the combat,” Benavidez stated on The SI Boxing Podcast. “Simply seeing him make it to the twelfth spherical was actually shocking, however truthfully I wouldn’t doubt if he ignored him and didn’t practice as arduous. Montiel, he’s a warrior, too. He had two losses…however his wins have been all knockouts.”
Benavidez, 24, is scheduled to face Venezuela’s Jose Uzcategui (31-4, 26 KOs) on November 13 at Phoenix Enviornment in Benavidez’s hometown of Phoenix.
Though Charlo (32-0, 22 KOs) campaigns at middleweight, Benavidez has expressed curiosity in dealing with the Houstonian, going as far as to say just lately that he would drop right down to 160. Each fighters are backed by Premier Boxing Champions, so it isn’t inconceivable that they might swap punches down the road.
Ought to that combat materialize, Benavidez sees loads of holes in Charlo’s protection that he can exploit.
“[Montiel] was actually touchdown on Charlo,” Benavidez stated. “The kind of stuff that he likes to do, the punches that he throws, are what I prefer to throw, too.
“Charlo, I feel he’s not pretty much as good a fighter as he thinks he’s. He’s nonetheless an awesome fighter, and it could be an awesome combat, however I really feel like I can cease Charlo.”
Benavidez is coming off a Eleventh-round stoppage of Ronald Ellis in March.