Canelo Alvarez Justifies Not Facing David Benavidez and Jermall Charlo- “I Really Don’t Care”

Published 12/18/2021, 7:15 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Canelo Alvarez celebrates after his majority-decision win over Gennady Golovkin during their WBC/WBA middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on September 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Undisputed super middleweight titlist Canelo Alvarez can soon move up to the light heavyweight or the cruiserweight division with the hopes to become a five-division champion. He has vanquished every titleholder at 168 lbs and is ready for a new division. However, umpteen people believe he still has a few tests left in the lower weight classes.

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On looking at 160 lbs, Jermall Charlo and Demetrius Andrade appear two viable opponents who have desired to battle Alvarez. David Benavidez from 168 lbs has also wanted to lock horns with the P4P king. While these alluring matchups justify Alvarez’s position in the middleweight and super middleweight division, The Mexican star doesn’t believe the same.

Per Canelo Alvarez, he has proved himself at 168 lbs and doesn’t need to justify his status any further. Hence, he seems keen on facing WBC cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu, rather than defending his belt against Benavidez.

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In an exclusive chat with World Boxing News, Alvarez said, “Look, what I see and what I know is I beat the No.1 fighter at 168. It was Callum Smith. Next, Billy Joe Saunders second. Next, the third one (Plant). So, I beat all the best at 168.”

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He added, “I am not scared about anything. I don’t avoid anybody. But what does that guy (Benavidez) bring to me? Nothing. Nothing. Mention a champion they (Benavidez and Charlo) fight before. How many? I really don’t care. Haters are always going to be haters.”

Canelo Alvarez can make his own moves now

Following his legendary record and sheer activeness, Alvarez’s dream to become a five-division champion is valid. However, a fight against Ilunga Makabu may not interest the fans. Having beaten all the world champions, Alvarez needs intimidating matchups now. Although Makabu is a world champion, he doesn’t have a huge name that can bring him on a similar scale to the P4P king. Makabu has vowed to KO Alvarez in a potential fight. But it’s hard to believe unless done in reality.

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Nov 6, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Canelo Alvarez celebrates after knocking out Caleb Plant (not pictured) during their undisputed super middleweight world championship boxing match at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Well, Alvarez will also come across massive men if he moves up to 190 lbs. It will clearly be physically challenging for the elite Mexican. However, Alvarez’s win over Liam Smith, Rocky Fielding, and Callum Smith assures the P4P king’s chances against bigger opponents. Thus, Makabu will enter as an undergo in a collision against Canelo Alvarez.

Besides Makabu, a rumored cruiserweight clash between Canelo Alvarez and Oleksandr Usyk is also being talked about. Currently a heavyweight champion, Usyk has expressed his interest in that fight. But Alvarez hasn’t confirmed his next move. And it is still not clear whether he will defend his belts at 168 or move up.

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Who do you think should be Canelo Alvarez’s next opponent?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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