David Benavidez is gearing up for a significant challenge, and it's not against Canelo Alvarez.
Benavidez is set to go head-to-head with fellow unbeaten 168-pound contender Demetrius Andrade in a pay-per-view showdown scheduled for November 25th at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Benavidez, a two-time super middleweight titleholder with a record of 27-0 and 23 KOs, faced setbacks in his career due to a positive test for cocaine and weight issues that led to him losing his belts. However, he recently secured a career-defining victory, dominating Caleb Plant in a one-sided decision in March.
While the 26-year-old from Phoenix is considered a top contender to face undisputed champion Alvarez, he will first need to overcome the crafty Andrade.
Demetrius Andrade, boasting a record of 32-0 with 19 KOs, has faced challenges in luring big-name opponents into the ring despite his consistent success. A southpaw and former 154- and 160-pound beltholder, Andrade is renowned for his boxing skills and unique, unorthodox style.
The 35-year-old from Providence, Rhode Island, made his 168-pound debut in January, securing a decisive victory over Demond Nicholson.
The official news conference to launch the promotion for the Benavidez-Andrade bout is scheduled for October 12 in Los Angeles.