David Benavidez Signs the Contract for His Spring 2022 Return, Opponent Revealed

Published 12/17/2021, 2:30 AM EST
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 24: Fighter David Benavidez in the ring during a media workout at LA Live on September 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)


David Benavidez is eagerly tracing his path towards the super-middleweight gold and is keeping a super active boxing stint. The knockout star outclassed two opponents in 2021, and now, he has signed a contract to return to the ring in spring 2022. But, the big question is, who is Benavidez facing next? Will he fight Canelo Alvarez?

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The undefeated fighter will square off with seasoned veteran, David Lemieux, in his next outing.

Mike Coppinger reported the same on his Twitter and wrote, “Source: David Benavidez and David Lemieux have signed contracts for a 168-pound that will headline a PBC on Showtime card in the spring, likely in Phoenix.” 

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Benavidez last faced Kyrone Davis on November 13 and claimed a T/KO in round 7. With that win, it finally seemed as if the Arizona native would get his hands on the undisputed super-middleweight champ, Canelo Alvarez.

However, the p4p king announced his move up to cruiserweight and vacated none of his belts at the 168-pound frame. Citing that, until and unless Canelo Alvarez finishes up his business at the cruiserweight roster, it seems unlikely that he will face anyone in the super-middleweight division. Hence, ‘El Bandera Roja’ will have to prove his mettle once again to take himself one more step closer to battle Canelo.

In David Lemieux, he has received a perfect opponent at this stage of his career.

Is David Lemieux the toughest opponent for David Benavidez?

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David Lemieux, who began his boxing career in 2007, holds a staggering 43-4 record. The 32-year-old Canadian has claimed 36 of those wins via stoppages.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 05: David Benavidez celebrates after defeating Denis Douglin during a super middleweight fight at 2300 Arena on August 5, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Records speak for themselves, and without a doubt, Lemieux is the toughest opponent for Benavidez. Also, this contest will be fire vs fire, as both of them are super aggressive pugilists.

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Hence, this will be an intriguing test for the young gun. Should he claim a win here, Benavidez will have proved his mettle to one and all yet again.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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