David Benavidez defeats David Lemieux through decisive TKO to demonstrate his title credentials

David Benavidez exhibited all of these characteristics against David Lemieux on Saturday night

In front of a raucous home crowd, the unbeaten Benavidez demonstrated why he deserves another championship opportunity

Benavidez bloodied and pummelling Lemieux, forcing a third-round stoppage in Glendale's Gila River Arena

Benavidez has established himself as a mandatory contender for the WBC super-middleweight belt

The 25-year-old former champion from Phoenix wants to prove he can compete with the best in the category

Benavidez dropped the smaller Canadian fighter with a left hook at the close of the first round, sending him into the corner

According to referee Harvey Dock, Benavidez fired a flurry of blows and seized Lemieux as soon as the bell rang

In the opening 30 seconds of the second round, a jab drove Lemieux (43-5, 36 KOs) into the ropes

Lemieux's face was covered in blood, which had migrated to Benavidez's right arm as the favourite continued to hammer away