Al Bernstein: Benavidez vs Andrade Is A Fascinating Match Up!

11/14/2023 - No comments

Hall of Fame Broadcaster Al Bernstein, a true legend in the boxing world, has dubbed the upcoming showdown between David Benavidez and Demetrius Andrade as “a very fascinating fight.” Bernstein, who will be at ringside to bring us all the action on the SHOWTIME pay-per-view telecast, scheduled for Saturday, November 25 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, knows what he’s talking about.

Forget the word “match”; this is a fight that promises fireworks. There’s no “much-anticipated” talk; it’s all about getting down to business.

Bernstein points out that this 168-pound bout isn’t just a good fight; it’s a battle that will help us identify the cream of the crop in the 168-pound division. David Benavidez, a former champion in this division, is hungry to reclaim his throne. On the other side, Demetrius Andrade, campaigning as a super middleweight, aims to secure big fights and earn his shot at a title. The 168-pound division boasts one champion but a slew of incredible fighters, and Bernstein is eager to cover more of these “significant” battles in 2024.

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Now, let’s break down the fighters. Bernstein, the dean of boxing analysts, gives us the lowdown:

Demetrius Andrade, a crafty fighter, relies on guile to set traps for his opponents, especially his potent step-back left hand. While he’s not known for finishing fights, Andrade packs power in his punches and has scored knockdowns in several bouts, which can secure 10-8 rounds. His mission is to avoid the ropes and prevent Benavidez from cornering him. Andrade’s strategy involves winning rounds, a skill he excels at, to secure a big win. Starting strong is crucial, especially since Benavidez has had slow starts in previous fights, like his bout with Caleb Plant.

David Benavidez, a relentless volume puncher, can change the course of a fight with his power shots, even when his output is slightly reduced, as seen in his fight against Plant. His key to success lies in positioning himself to unleash his formidable left hook to the body, one of his most potent weapons. Against the 35-year-old Andrade, targeting the body can yield dividends. Andrade, not as mobile as his younger self, might make it easier for Benavidez to cut off the ring. Once he accomplishes that, he’ll look to push Andrade against the ropes, where he can unleash his dazzling combinations.

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Bernstein, with a staggering 150 major pay-per-view shows under his belt, including five in 2023 alone, emphasizes the everlasting excitement of these major cards. His passion for his craft remains as strong as ever, making every fight night a memorable experience.