— PBC (@premierboxing) May 21, 2017
With the victory, Benavidez, who is now 18-0 with 17 knockouts, earned his first world title shot. He is slated to face the winner of the upcoming bout between Anthony Dirrell and Callum Smith for the WBC title.
“This victory makes me more humble and gives me more motivation to work harder,” said Benavidez in his post-fight presser. “There has never been a [168-pound] champion at 20 years old, but I’m going to be the first to do that…This is just a glimpse of what I can do.”
“Glimpse” was one way to describe his slaughter of “Porky” on Saturday, it was a show. Many believe Benavidez’s performance this weekend proves he is a legitimate contender for the title.
For now, we just have to wait.