David Benavidez needed a little over two minutes to figure out David Lemieux Saturday night at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Az. After getting cracked by a Lemieux left hook in the opening stanza, Benavidez went to work. A barrage of hooks had Lemieux staggering to his corner at the bell.

Benavidez [26-0, 23 KOs] jumped on Lemieux [43-5, 36 Kos] in round two, wobbling the former IBF middleweight champions with an onslaught of blows.

“Lemieux is a special type of breed,” said Benavidez, a former two-time super middleweight champion. “This guy was swinging until the end. I had to be on my p’s and q’s. He’s a tough champion, so my hat’s off to him. He’s the only one with the guts to face me.”

A powerful uppercut sent Lemieux backward and onto the canvas. Gutsy as always, he fired back, eating counter shots that weakened him further.

Benavidez added, “He’s the only one with the guts to face me.”

The battering continued in round three. Lemieux had no answer – Benavidez couldn’t miss. Bloody and beaten down, Lemieux’s corner signaled to referee Harvey Dock that the fight was over.

The time was 1:31 seconds.

“Benavidez is a hell of a fighter,” Lemieux said. “I congratulate him. After the first round, I was okay, he had gotten me with some good shots. I tried to come back, but he’s a very good fighter.”

Benavidez is anxious to get back in the ring with a top contender. “I’m waiting for [Caleb Plant, Jermall Charlo, David Morrell] to sign the contract. Them bitches know what’s up. I’m right here waiting for them. I’ll put myself up against everyone. I guarantee I’m knocking everyone out.”

Source: John J. Raspanti