David Benavidez vs. Demetrius Andrade -- Round 6: The doctor comes in to check on Andrade before the bell and the referee warns him that he needs to fight if he wants to continue. Benavidez turns on the pressure once more and Andrade spits out his mouthpiece. Andrade puts what feels like his last bit of offense into a combination and turns Benavidez's chin, but he can't capitalize as Benavidez returns fire and the mouthpiece again falls. It's nearly all one-way traffic from Benavidez at the end of the round and the referee heads to the Andrade corner to warn him again. Andrade's corner finally decides to call it off, and Benavidez gets the win by TKO! Benavidez def. Andrade via sixth-round TKO
David Benavidez vs. Demetrius Andrade results, highlights: 'The Mexican Monster' strikes again with TKO
Benavidez scored an early knockdown before Andrade's corner decided they had seen enough to stop the fight
Monsters do exist. David Benavidez proved that on Saturday night when he forced Demetrius Andrade's corner to stop their main event showdown in Las Vegas because of the damage accrued over six rounds of action.
Benavidez, who previously held the WBC super middleweight crown, defended his interim strap with the TKO of Andrade, 35, and continued to deliver the kind of action many have expected of him at just 26 years old.
"I don't care who they keep putting in front of me, I'm just gonna keep knocking them down," Benavidez said after the fight.
Benavidez took a round or two to get going as Andrade put on a strong showing to start the contest with his defensive skill and distance management. But once he found his footing, there was no slowing down Benavidez. He scored a knockdown at the end of Round 4 that Andrade never seemed to fully recover from. Benavidez then clipped him with a perfect right hook on the chin that Andrade still seemed to be feeling the effects of throughout Round 5.
"I dipped his left hand and came over with a right that hit right on the button," Benavidez said. "I knew I had to keep the pressure on because I knew he wasn't going to keep taking those shots."
After enduring even more punishment in Round 6, the referee went to the corner and warned Andrade for a second time to fight back or he's going to end the fight. Andrade's corner made that decision for him as they said no more.
"I thought overall I did everything I needed to do to get the bigger man off me. David's definitely a hell of a fighter," Andrade said. "Nobody was even willing to get in the ring with him. I tried to become a three-division world champion. That's not far-fetched. David was the man tonight. Congratulations to him and his family. We move on, and we're going to keep pushing."
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With the win, the hope is to secure a showdown with undisputed super middleweight king Canelo Alvarez in 2024. This comes after years of calling for a fight with the Mexican champion. Now, that fight feels undeniable unless Alvarez moves weight classes once more.
"I think I just [solidified] myself as, you know, the dominant performer that I am and I think it was a reminder to let everyone know who the f--- the real champ is at 168," Benavidez said. "They want to see me vs. Canelo and that's what we want too. I'm the youngest super middleweight champion of the world, three-time world champion, now just give me the fight that we all want to see. Who wants to see David Benavidez vs. Canelo? Let's get it."
CBS Sports was with you throughout the entire way on Saturday with the live results and highlights below.
Fight card, results
- David Benavidez def. Demetrius Andrade via sixth-round TKO (corner stoppage)
- Jermall Charlo def. Jose Benavidez Jr. via unanimous decision (98-92, 99-91, 100-90)
- Subriel Matias (c) def. Shohjahon Ergashev via sixth-round TKO (corner stoppage)
- Lamont Roach def. Hector Luis Garcia (c) via split decision (114-113, 113-114, 114-116-111)
Benavidez vs. Andrade scorecard, live coverage
David Benavidez vs. Demetrius Andrade -- Round 5: Andrade is still trying to recover from that knockdown as Benavidez pours on the pressure. Benavidez lands incredibly well and incredibly fast and Andrade can't seem to block much of anything. He resorts to holding a bit to buy some time, but eats some nasty punches for his effort. Benavidez now works down to the body and gets a reaction from Andrade. It's all Benavidez all the time now. Andrade fighting for his life and might have gained some confidence by making it to the bell here. 10-9 Benavidez (Overall: 47-47)
It was a right hook from Benavidez that landed cleanly and dropped Andrade, beauty of a punch.
David Benavidez vs. Demetrius Andrade -- Round 4: Benavidez is starting to heat up now. Andrade tries to hold for a moment, but Benavidez shrugs it off and lands well to the body and head in combination. Benavidez starting to find a home for his lead jab and putting Andrade in difficult positions to defend from. Andrade tries to counter off a pair of Benavidez combos to the body but misses. Benavidez lands a hook that drops Andrade just before the bell! Pretty fun action through four rounds now. 10-8 Benavidez (38-37 Andrade)
David Benavidez vs. Demetrius Andrade -- Round 3: Andrade is absolutely taking the fight to Benavidez here. Andrade is pushing him against the ropes and forcing him to shell up and be in a defensive posture. Benavidez is struggling to figure out where the openings are to counter. Now, Benavidez opens up a bit and lands well to force Andrade to his back foot. Despite the late rally from Benavidez, Andrade is still doing enough in the round to take it again. 10-9 Andrade (30-27 Andrade)
David Benavidez vs. Demetrius Andrade -- Round 2: Andrade flips the script on Benavidez with his own 10-plus-punch combination! Andrade has put a ton of pressure on Benavidez early with his style and Benavidez seems very confused as to how to attack. He's not moving well at all and leaving himself open. He's going to need to find an adjustment to get Andrade off script after two strong frames. 10-9 Andrade (20-18 Andrade)
David Benavidez vs. Demetrius Andrade -- Round 1: Andrade does well to keep Benavidez on his toes in the opening round. Benavidez, who thrives on being able to open up high volume combinations, was forced to just throw single shots as Andrade stayed on the outside and kept the distance well. Andrade closed the round with a solid combination of his own to get Benavidez's attention. 10-9 Andrade
Alright, here we go!
Benavidez, meanwhile, is on the cusp of becoming a superstar with his tremendous knockout power and brash style in the ring. He has been his own worst enemy in every sense of the word, but now he can move one step closer to the biggest fight of his career with a win tonight against another top contender.
Andrade, 35, is undefeated at 32-0 but has never gotten the chance against a top opponent like Benavidez. He's faced the best competition available to him within the political divide, but he's considered one of the most avoided fighters in the sport because of his negative style throughout nearly his entire 15 years as a pro. Now, he gets the chance to right all those wrongs.
Now it's time for the main event: David Benavidez takes on Demetrius Andrade in a super middleweight contest. It should be a really intriguing fight here between two of the best in the world at 168 pounds with a potential showdown with undisputed champion Canelo Alvarez at stake. It's next!
Official result: Jermall Charlo def. Jose Benavidez Jr. via unanimous decision (98-92, 99-91, 100-90)
Jermall Charlo vs. Jose Benavidez Jr. -- Round 10: Benavidez tries to make it ugly on the inside once more, but Charlo takes control of the action and unloads on him in the corner. Benavidez tries to hold on in the center but Charlo contiues to try and fight through, earning a warning from the ref after he was pulled off. They fight through the bell and continue to chirp at each other despite the seemingly clear result in Charlo's favor. 10-9 Charlo (Overall: 98-92 Charlo)