Dirrell-Benavidez clash for WBC 168lb title

Anthony Dirrell and David Benavidez will clash on a date to be named with the World Boxing Council super middleweight title on the line. Benavidez (18-0, 17 KOs), 20, comes from knocking out Rogelio Medina in 8 rounds to get this title shot. While Dirrell (30-1-1, 24 KOs), 32, arrives after knocking out Hungarian fighter Norbert Nemesapati in January. Originally Dirrell was to fight Callum Smith for belt, which was vacated by Sweden’s Badou Jack to climb up a division. However, Smith chose to enter to the “WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES” where he will face Sweden’s Erik Skoglund on September 16.

Note: Per Benavidez’ promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, the September 9 date announced by the WBC is only a ‘tentative’ date.
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