Another red flag: Benavidez loses WBC crown on the scales

World title unifications are now off the table for David Benavidez after the WBC super-middleweight champion disappointingly lost his title on the scales on Friday.

Benavidez (22-0, 19 KOs) scaled 170.8lbs at the weigh-in for his WBC title defence against Colombian puncher Roamer Alexis Angulo (26-1, 22 KOs) who weighed in at 167.6lbs.

The Mexican-American was so overweight, he chose not to make the limit at the second attempt. The fight will still go ahead, but now the title can only be won by the challenger.

The champion had been angling for unification bouts with his fellow champions including IBF title-holder and PBC stablemate Caleb Plant, but will now fall back into the chasing pack or opt to move up to 175lbs.

Benavidez, 23, now has the ignominious honour of having lost the same title twice outside of the ring, having previously been stripped in 2018 for testing positive for cocaine. He’s certainly living up to his ‘Red Flag’ nickname.