The Fight Room: Before the War
Danny Garcia vs Brandon Rios!
Garcia vs Rios Kickoff Presser!
Watch Rising Star David Benavidez Become Boxing’s Youngest World Champion In Win Over
Ronald Gavril Ahead of Their February 17th Rematch!
(January 5th) WHAT: The highly anticipated rematch has been set for Saturday, Feb. 17 in Las Vegas, but boxing fans will have the chance to watch the first world title bout between rising star David Benavidez and tough contender Ronald Gavril via SHOWTIME Sports YouTube Channel. The full fight is also available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® SHOWTIME ANYTIME® and SHOWTIME stand-alone streaming service.
At 20 years, 9 months old, Benavidez became boxing's youngest world champion - and the youngest ever in the super middleweight division - with a split decision victory over Gavril in a SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION® main event that took place on Sept. 8 from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Benavidez (19-0, 17 KOs) won the previously vacated WBC Super Middleweight belt after beating the former European amateur standout Gavril (18-2, 14 KOs) in what Benavidez later described as quite possibly the "Fight of the Year." One scorecard had Gavril winning 116-111, with Benavidez winning on the other two scorecards, 116-111 and 117-111.
Benavidez-Gavril II is set to co-feature Danny Garcia vs. Brandon Rios welterweight showdown live on SHOWTIME® from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The event is presented by Premier Boxing Champions and promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions in association with DSG Promotions. The Benavidez-Gavril rematch is co-promoted by Sampson Boxing.
Tickets for the live event are available at AXS.com.
(December 22nd) In a true battle of straight ahead boxing Philadelphia’s former WBC/WBA Light Welterweight and WBC Welterweight Champion, Danny “Swift” Garcia begins his battle back to the top of the welterweight division February 17th, when he takes on Oxnard, California, former WBA Lightweight Champion, Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios LIVE on Showtime Championship Boxing from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
After almost a year’s rest the 29-year-old bower, Garcia, 33-1, 19Ko’s carrying a resume including the names Nate “The Galaxy” Warrior” Campbell, Kendall “Rated R” Holt, Erik “El Terrible” Morales, Amir “King” Khan, Zab “Super Judah” Judah, Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse, Mauricio Herrera, Lamont “Havoc” Peterson, Paul Malignaggi and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero comes in off his only defeat, a March 4th, split decision loss to Clearwater, Florida’s Keith “One Time” Thurman at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn.
The 31 year old former WBA Lightweight Champion, Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, 34-3-1, 25Ko’s after dropping back to back bouts to Colorado’s Mike Alvarado and Manny Pacquiao, Rios adding a DQ win over Argentine banger Diego Gabriel Chaves and avenging his loss to Alvarado stopped in nine rounds by Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley, November 2015 unable to secure a fight with crosstown rival “Vicious” Victor Ortiz Rios returns off a ninth round TKO stoppage of Yucatán, Mexico’s Aaron “La Joya” Herrera in June.
In chief support of Garcia vs Rios will be Phoenix, Arizona’s, WBC World Super Middleweight Champion David “Red Flag” Benavidez in an immediate rematch with Las Vegas based 31-year-old Romanian Ronald Gavril.
Showing the grit of a true champion, the 21-year-old, Benavidez having claimed the vacant WBC World Super Middleweight title with a hotly contested split decision win over Gavril September 4th is eager to give the Mayweather promoted Romanian an immediate rematch.
The 31-year-old, Gavril, 18-2, 14Ko’s who’s only other defeat is a surprise March 2015 eight round unanimous decision loss to Elvin Ayala was riding an eight-bout victory run capped by five straight knockouts prior to his September fight with Benavidez.