Benavidez vs Medina HIGHLIGHTS: May 20, 2017 – PBC on FS1

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Top-rising super middleweight contender David Benavidez put an exclamation point on an awesome 168-pound title eliminator bout with Rogelio “Porky” Medina via an eighth-round TKO stoppage on PBC on FS1 on May 20, 2017 from Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas.

“This is just a glimpse of what I can do. I’ve never fought a fighter that pushed me to the full extent like this,” said Benavidez, who improved to 19-0 with 18 KOs. “Porky Medina is a tremendous fighter. It took everything for me to knock him out, but it was an amazing fight.”

Indeed it was.

The action-packed main event opened with several crowd-pleasing exchanges in the first pair of rounds. Round three offered more of the same as the rugged pair of pugilists went toe-to-toe giving and receiving each other’s best.

In the fourth round, Benavidez caught Medina with a left uppercut and then followed with a flurry that backed the former title challenger up, but amazingly Medina stayed upright. Medina fought back and engaged Benavidez, but Benavidez landed a sensational seven-punch combination to close out the round.

At the end of round six, Benavidez damaged Medina with an onslaught that buckled Medina into the ropes with referee Jon Shorle ruling it a knockdown. Medina survived the round, but only to eat another bombardment of punches and get dropped for a second time at the end of the seventh.

Round eight brought a close as Benavidez landed one final eight-punch combo that dropped Medina for a third time and caused Shorle to stop the action at 1:01 into the eighth round.

The win elevates Benavidez into the mandatory position to challenge for the vacant super middleweight world title that will go to the winner of the agreed to Anthony Dirrell vs. Callum Smith clash.

“This makes me more humble and gives me more motivation to work harder,” Benavidez said. “There has never been a super middleweight champion at 20-years old, but I’m going to be the first to do that.”

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