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Phoenix Boxer David Benavidez Claims Light Heavyweight Title in Dominant Victory Over Oleksandr Gvozdyk



Phoenix’s very own boxing sensation, David Benavidez, displayed an impressive performance on Saturday night, securing a unanimous decision victory over Oleksandr Gvozdyk at the revered MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Benavidez, who recently made the leap to light heavyweight, dominated the fight from start to finish against the formidable Gvozdyk, a former world champion and Olympian, ultimately capturing the WBC interim light heavyweight title.

In his post-fight remarks, Benavidez reflected on his performance, admitting, «I think it’s a 7 out of 10. Oleksandr’s a great fighter,» showing respect for his opponent.

The Phoenix-born fighter, now boasting a flawless record of 29-0, showcased his versatility by transitioning to the light heavyweight division after numerous attempts to secure a bout against super middleweight champ Canelo Alvarez fell through.

Furthermore, in a parallel event, boxing fans witnessed an exhilarating match as Gervonta Davis managed a remarkable comeback against Frank Martin, culminating in a spectacular knockout victory to retain his WBA lightweight title.

Moving on to undercard matchups, Dominican boxer Alberto Puello emerged victorious in a closely contested bout against Gary Antuanne Russell, securing the WBC interim world super lightweight title.

Meanwhile, Elijah Garcia, fighting out of Glendale, Arizona, faced a tough test against Kyrone Davis and suffered a split decision loss, highlighting the fierce competition throughout the evening.

As the night unfolded at the historic MGM Grand, Carlos Adames added to the excitement by clinching a unanimous decision over Terrell Gausha, solidifying his status as the WBC World middleweight champion.

The event marked the 100th boxing showcase at the MGM Grand, a venue synonymous with iconic boxing moments that have shaped Las Vegas into the undeniable boxing capital of the world.

Rachel Adams

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