David Benavidez Next Fight: 5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Ronald Ellis

Published 03/13/2021, 10:23 AM EST


Former WBC super-middleweight champion David Benavidez will face relatively low-profile Ronald Ellis. Benavidez goes into the fight as the favorite and is a household name in the division.

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However, we can’t say the same about Ellis. Therefore, we look at the 5 things you need to know about Ronald Ellis. The American has a respectable record of 18 victories and only a solitary defeat and 1 draw. Despite this, he is an unknown fighter in the division of superstars.

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5 facts about Ronald Ellis

1. Both siblings are boxers: Although Ellis will make the headlines for this fight, he is not the only boxer in his family. His sister and brother are both boxers.

Moreover, his brother, Rashidi, is also a professional boxer and recently signed with Golden Boy Promotions, while his sister, Rashida, has won several national-level titles.

2. 2010 National Golden Gloves Champion: Ellis’ sister is not the only one in her family to have won a National title. Ronald Ellis won the 2010 title, defeating highly favored Terrell Gausha, who represented the US at the Olympics. Thus, Ellis could have represented his country at the Olympics.

3. Started at Robert Garcia’s Boxing Academy: Ellis’ is no easy fight for Benavidez. That is because the American has a solid boxing foundation. He perfected his trade at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy for 3 years.

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4. Almost gave up boxing: The American boxer is on the verge of causing a huge upset and making a statement to the boxing world. However, things would have been very different.

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After Top Rank released him in 2012, he considered giving up the sport to work with his father’s electrical business. However, luck was on his side, and he got a second chance thanks to Sheer Sports Management.

5. Controversy: Despite his excellent work in the ring, the 31-year-old has had his fair share of controversy. He has tested positive for marijuana and other banned substances in the past. This led to Top Rank releasing him in 2012.

Therefore, Ellis has his own story and is on a mission to prove his worth. His fight against Benavidez is the first step towards proving it. What do you make of this fight? Do you think Ronald Ellis can upset Benavidez?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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