Jose Uzcategui pulled from David Benavidez fight after failed drug test: report

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David Benavidez’s meting with Jose Uzcategui, scheduled for Nov. 13, reportedly is off.

Uzcategui was pulled from the super middleweight fight after testing positive for a banned substance, according to BoxingScene.com. The substance wasn’t identified.

Benavidez’s handlers were looking for a replacement to face the former two-time titleholder,

Benavidez (24-0, 21 KOs) and Uzcategui (31-4, 26 KOs) were originally scheduled to fight on Aug. 28. However, the bout was postponed after Benavidez contracted the coronavirus.

The Nov. 13 card, which will be televised on Showtime, also features a welterweight fight between Benavidez’s brother – Jose Benavidez – and Francisco Emanuel Torres.

The card is scheduled to take place at Footprint Center in Phoenix, the Benavidezes hometown.

Uzcategui, a Mexico-based Venezuelan, is a former IBF 168-pound titleholder. He lost his belt to Caleb Plant by a unanimous decision in January 2019.

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