David Benavidez (19-0, 17 KOs) and Ronald Gavril (18-2, 14 KOs) gave it all they had on Friday night as the two fighters fought for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight title on Showtime.

Benavidez started quick, while Gavril took most of the middle rounds, but Benavidez closed strong–that is until the young Phoenix fighter got caught.

In Round 12, just when it looked like Benavidez might be on the verge of stopping Gavril, it was Benavidez who was caught and dropped.

Though Benavidez was not seriously hurt by the blow, it put an exclamation point on a tremendous fight where each man had his moments.

After the final bell sounded, both fighters celebrated what they felt was a well-deserved victory, but in the end the win and title went to Benavidez via split decision.

Scores were 116-111 Benavidez, 116-111 Gavril and 117-111 for Benavidez who is now the youngest current champion in boxing.

“I started off to see if I could knock him out I wanted to see how tough his chin was. I hurt him in the last four rounds and I was thinking I wanted to close this, but that can come to back to bite me in the ass. I got knocked down but I got back up and I could’ve gone 12 more rounds… I learned a lot. I learned I need to pace myself,” said Benavidez.

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