Former two-time super-middleweight champion David Benavidez put himself firmly in the picture for a bout with pound-for-pound king Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez with a dominant TKO of Kyrone Davis last night in Phoenix.

Fighting for the first time since a stoppage win over Ronald Ellis back in March, Benavidez (25-0, 22 KOS) was simply too big, too strong and too good for Davis (16-3-1, 6 KOs), dishing out a brutal beating before Davis’ corner brought a halt to proceedings in the seventh round.

Switching from orthodox to southpaw, Benavidez went about his business in surgical fashion, picking his opponent apart with spiteful combinations to the head and body.

Though originally slated to face fellow former world champion Jose Uzcategui, the late-change in opponent did little to affect the 24-year-old’s performance as he secured his fifth consecutive stoppage win.

Following the conclusion of the bout, Benavidez would call for a showdown with the aforementioned Alavrez, as well as WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo.

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