“He’s a Killer, He Ain’t Got No Finesse”: Mike Tyson Reacts to David Benavidez’s Fighting Style

Published 07/17/2021, 1:30 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES – FEBRUARY 11: Boxer Mike Tyson arrives at the premiere of “Against the Ropes” at the Chinese Theater on February 11, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


There are countless young prodigies in boxing who’ve amassed wide fame and attention until now. In that exuberant list, David Benavidez is one top-notch fighter, who has not just impressed the fans but also enormous boxing hotshots. He’s one prime prospect at the super-middleweight roster and until now, he’s made steady statements with his performances.

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Recently, Mike Tyson in his latest Hotboxin podcast assessed Benavidez’s style alongside Henry Cejudo, Badou Jack, and Amer Abdallah. First, Cejudo said, “Super-technical. He’s got finesse, Mike.”

To which Tyson responded, “He’s a killer. He’s a killer, he ain’t got no finesse or stuff.”

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“He constantly hit, consistent, most dangerous, he ain’t gonna stop,”

Benavidez in his last fight hammered Ronald Ellis to attain a sensational T/KO win. Right from the first bell, he went all out against Ellis and attacked his body with some quick jabs. As the fight took pace, ‘El Bandera Roja’ began landing some fiery blows to his adversary’s face.

With that, Benavidez’s skillsets were too much to handle for Ellis, and the referee stopped the fight to save the latter from further damage.

The Arizona fighter is one of the most terrifying boxers of recent times. He adapts an offensive fight style and with that, he enjoys keeping his opponents to the toes. This strategy has worked wonders for the young gun and he’s only adding on more to the same every day.

For now, he’s lined up to face Jose Uzcategui for his return to the ring, and bigwigs like Tyson would be keen to see how he fares in this contest.

Can David Benavidez become the best offensive fighter of all time?

For now, ‘El Bandera Roja’s track record stands at 24-0. Out of all his wins, a whopping 21 has arrived via T/KO.

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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)

The above number itself is proof of what Benavidez actually brings to the table. He currently is the best momentum of his boxing career and is eager to vanquish any and every opponent given to him.

That said, he is undoubtedly on the pathway to becoming the best offensive fighter of all time.

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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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