“He Was Definitely Tougher Than I Thought”- David Benavidez Analyzes His Performance Against Ronald Ellis

Published 03/14/2021, 1:15 AM EST
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: David Benavidez (red/green trunks) reacts after defeating Anthony Dirrell (not in frame) after a corner stoppage in their WBC Super Middleweight Championship fight at Staples Center on September 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)


David Benavidez registered his 21 KO and 24 professional win by taking out Ronald Ellis in the 11 round of their recent collision. As the fight went the distance, both the boxers could showcase their abilities and prowess.

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That said, Ellis had his significant moments inside the ring, but that wasn’t enough to bag the win. Benavidez, the former champion, unleashed his best game and triumphed in style. However, he was left impressed by his latest adversary.

The undefeated boxer claimed of underrating Ellis as he saw an even better version inside the ring. Although Benavidez appeared pleased with his showing, he claimed that he could have put up a better performance. Furthermore, he praised his opponent.

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In the post-fight interview, Benavidez said, “I mean I rated pretty good but I know I could have did better man Ronald Ellis is a tough, tough competitor man and I just, I just hope the fans like what they seen, you know, I do a lot of combinations potions and bunches, that’s what they like to see so I hope they had a good show tonight.”

Apart from the in-ring showcase, Ellis also earned Benavidez’s respect and was billed as a gentleman.

Benavidez added, “He (Ellis) was definitely tougher than I thought he was gonna be, but um, you know, that’s how it goes sometimes. Sometimes when you think you stop early, you stop until late you know it means though my hats off to Ronald Ellis, him and his team, they’re all gentlemen so you know, hats off to them again.”

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David Benavidez vs Ronald Ellis- WBC eliminator

As ‘El Bandera Roja’ walked off victorious, he took a step ahead towards the WBC super-middleweight belt. The title is currently being held by Canelo Alvarez. However, he will have to wait until Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders lock horns in a title unification clash on May 8.

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After the contest, Benavidez can rightfully challenge the winner to face him for the championship. Being a former titleholder, the undefeated boxer is on the right path to success.

He will look to secure a few wins to have a complete reign on the division. It might not be an easy path, but Benavidez has shown that he is up for the challenge.

Do you think David Benavidez can take over the entire 168 lbs roster?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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