WBC super middleweight champion Anthony ‘The Dog’ Dirrell 33-1-1 (24) says he will be too versatile for David Benavidez 21-0 (18) when they clash at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on September 28.
“This is going to be a good fight. David Benavidez is a warrior and I don’t take anything away from him. But I know that I have all the tools to beat him. He’s never fought someone like me. Everyone he knocked out, he was supposed to knock out,” Dirrell said.
“I have everything I need in my arsenal. I’m versatile. I can switch it up if I need to. If I need to sit in the pocket, I can. If I need to box, I can. I just don’t think Benavidez is what everyone makes him out to be.
“I’m going for the knockout. I go for the knockout in every fight. If it doesn’t happen, I can still go 12 rounds and come out victorious.
“This win would build my legacy. Some people expect me to lose, and I’m happy about that. This just takes my career to another level.
“I’m not looking past this fight. I’m focused on David Benavidez. After this fight I can talk about unification or whatever. But first I have to take care of David.
“A loss is a loss no matter which way you put it. Whether you lose by a mile or half a round. That’s in the past and we’re only focused on the future. There’s an undefeated 22-year-old fighter trying to take what I’ve got.
“You put all the work in when you’re in the gym, then you have to leave everything in the ring. We trained too hard to not do that. I’m very confident. At the end of the day, the fans are going to win.
“I’ve seen Benavidez fight before. My coaches have watched him closely and will come up with the game plan. He’s quick, but we’ll be ready.”