David Morrell Jr. and David Benavidez have battles ahead, with Benavides in a fairly high profile main event on Showtime against David Lemieux (that’s a lot of David Lemieux) on May 21, and Morrell faces Calvin Henderson on the Fulton-Roman bottom card, the Showtime card. Another on June 4.
While Benavidez (25-0, 22 KO) has made a lot of noise about dodging in recent months and really in the last couple of years, particularly by Germal Charlo and Canelo Alvarez, Muriel (6-0, 5 KO) hasn’t. See him as the guy who really avoided at 168 lbs.
“I look at someone like David Benavidez claiming to be avoided, but you haven’t heard him mention my name,” Morrell said. “He talks like a boogeyman of the squad. Well, fight me and let’s find out. He’s chasing a fight with Canelo, but I know I’m going to beat him up so he never forgets.”
Hidden away largely from PBC’s seemingly extinct FOX series, Morrell, a 24-year-old Cuban, easily beat men like Lennox Allen, Mike Gavronski, Mario Cazares and Alantez Fox. Only Allen, who went a full 12, made it past the fourth round with Muriel.
While his competition wasn’t quite at the top level, you can direct the same criticisms of Benavidez’s record, who won his last three matches over Roamer Alexis Angulo (where he lost weight and was stripped of the WBC belt due to a second time), Ronald Ellis, and Kieron Davis. .
Benavidez Lemieux will fight for the interim WBC super middleweight title on May 21, while Morrell holds the WBA minor (“universal” or “regular”) title, which he will defend against Henderson on June 4.
Both would be favored for wins, and with the undisputed middleweight champ Canelo tied with either a rematch against Dmitry Bevol or a third fight with Gennady Golovkin afterward, a fight between Benavidz and Muriel could really work out in the fall or winter — if the PBC and both fighters They want to achieve this.
Muriel is confident it would be a nightmare for Benavidez if that happened.
“I’ve seen every style you can think of in the amateurs, so I know how to beat a guy like Benavidez, who likes to progress and have a blast,” he continued. “David Benavidez is a great hitter with a lot of heart, he’s a warrior, I’ll give him that, but he doesn’t have the skills that I have.
“I will fight David Benavides anytime and anywhere, but will he fight me? That is the question fans want to know, myself included. Now the world knows who I want more, let’s see who the real bogeyman is. Come to my dad, David. Boo!”
The other thing to add here is that in addition to being a logical match between a pair of contenders, it’s also a big fight. Both have strength, both have skills, both are young and hungry. If they get through these upcoming battles without any inconvenience, it will be a great fight to do.