David Benavidez believes he has two advantages over David Lemieux going into their fight on Saturday night.
The two super-middleweights square off at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona for the WBC Interim title taking the winner a step closer to a fight against undisputed champion Canelo Alvarez.
Benavidez (25-0, 22 KOs) revealed he used to watch Lemieux (43-4, 36 KOs) when he was younger and while the Canadian may have the edge in experience, he should be worried according to the home favourite.
“I really want to go in there and earn this title,” said Benavidez at yesterday’s final press conference.
“I have a lot of respect for Lemieux, and I’ve been watching him since I was young, but he has a lot to worry about with me. I’m faster and stronger, but he’s got the experience, so this is going to be a great fight.
“I’m 100% focused on Lemieux. I’m focused on the task in front of me. I just take it one fight at a time. I like to put everything into the fight and figure out the rest later. I know Lemieux is very motivated for this fight, so my mind is 100% on him.
“I can guarantee a hell of a fight, a war, and that somebody is getting knocked out. Neither of us wants to go to a decision. The people are paying good money to see a knockout, and that’s what they’re going to get. I’m leaving with the title on Saturday night.”