The 20-year-old David Benavidez came into the bout promising to knockout the always-tough Rogelio “Porky” Medina. From the start of the fight, both fighters began to let their hands go and Laredo, Texas crowd ate it up.
Medina came out trying to intimidate the younger man and press the action early. Benavidez welcomed the barrage of blows and returned fire.
Benavidez would find himself pushed towards the ropes on multiple occasions throughout the fight, but to the surprise of Medina, kept his poise and composure and landed the stronger and cleaner blows.
In the fourth round, Benavidez rocked Medina’s skull back with a vicious uppercut that sprayed sweat out in every which direction. Benavidez continued to throw just about every combination at Medina but somehow, Medina and his iron chin made it through the round.
Just about every round provided great exchanges of leather between the two fighters, with Benavidez getting the better of Porky.
In the sixth, Medina found himself in serious trouble. Benavidez closed the round with high-octane blows to the body and head of Medina and it almost seemed as if the fight would be stopped. Medina fell towards the rope and the referee counted it as a knockdown. The following round included a similar onslaught, but this time a body shot would drop Medina to the canvas late in the round.
Benavidez closed the show in the ninth round with a ridiculous 10-punch combo that sent Medina through the ropes and ended the night and raised the already popular Benavidez stock.
“This is just a glimpse of what’s to come,” said Benavidez. “I’ve never fought a fighter who’s pushed me to my full extent. Porky medina is a very tough guy and it took everything out of me to knock him out.”
With the win, Benavidez inches one-step closer to his ultimate goal of becoming a world champion.
“There’s never been a Super Middleweight champion at just 20 years old. I’m going to be the first one,” said Benavidez after the win.
Benavidez will now wait for his shot at his first title and hope to be the youngest Super Middleweight champion of the world.