By Aragon Garcia:  The will be ordering WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez (22-0, 19 KOs) to defend against his mandatory Avni Yildirim (21-2, 12 KOs) next, according to WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman.

Benavidez, 22, regained the WBC belt last Saturday in stopping super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell (33-2-1, 24 KOs) in the 9th round at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, . Dirrell, 34, was cut badly over his left eye, and worn down until the fight was stopped by his corner in round 9.

Benavidez must face Yildirim

and Dirrell to recapture his WBC belt.

Mauricio Sulaiman.

Benavidez could face Super World super middleweight champion Callum Smith or champion Caleb Plant

Benavidez wants Caleb Plant unification

Benavidez vs. Callum Smith an option

said he would like to put together a unification bout between him and Benavidez. He says he wants the WBC to order Benavidez vs. Smith fight.

The 29-year-old Callum (26-0, 19 KOs) won the vacant WBC Diamond super middleweight title two years ago in defeating Erik Skoglund by a 12 round unanimous decision in September 2017.

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