David Benavidez Claims Canelo Alvarez Is Ducking Him – ‘He Never Mentions My Name’

Published 03/02/2021, 7:00 AM EST
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: David Benavidez (red/green trunks) reacts after defeating Anthony Dirrell (not in frame) after a corner stoppage in their WBC Super Middleweight Championship fight at Staples Center on September 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)


Former WBC super-middleweight champion David Benavidez has lashed out at current champion Canelo Alvarez. The undefeated star accused the Mexican of avoiding him and calling out everyone else except him.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 24: Fighter David Benavidez in the ring during a media workout at LA Live on September 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Alvarez has been the star of the division ever since he decided to stay in the 168 lbs weight class. Fresh off a victory over Avni Yildirim, the Mexican will take on Billy Joe Saunders next. However, two-time champion Benavidez is having none of it.

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The former champion spoke to Premier Boxing Champions live on Instagram, a video which FightHype.com has since uploaded on YouTube. About Alvarez, the undefeated star said, “I don’t know man, he never mentions my name. He mentioned, he talks about everybody else except for me, you know?”

This comment from Benavidez showed his honest take on the P4P superstar. The two have a brief history, with Benavidez wanting the fight for a while. Moreover, this rivalry grew when the WBC added the super-middleweight belt to Canelo Alvarez’s fight against Callum Smith.

As a result, Alvarez now holds the belt Benavidez lost. Therefore, there is a rivalry brewing between the two boxers. Despite this, we may not get to see them fight this year as Alvarez has plans to become the undisputed champion, and Benavidez doesn’t have a belt.

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David Benavidez claims he will fight anyone in the division

The undefeated American didn’t stop at accusing Canelo of ducking. He pointed out that he will fight anyone to prove his worth. Benavidez also shut down rumors of his desperation to get a big fight.

He said, “But some people want to say I’m desperate for the fight, I’m not desperate for the fight. I’m not desperate for no money. I’m desperate to show the world I am the best.” Benavidez then named Edgar Berlanga, Jermall Charlo, Caleb Plant, and Canelo on his hit-list.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 05: David Benavidez celebrates after defeating Denis Douglin during a super middleweight fight at 2300 Arena on August 5, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

This comment showed that Benavidez wants to prove his worth in the division. He reiterated this by saying, “I just want to show the world I’m the best. I just want the opportunity to show the world I’m the best.” If Benavidez makes the fight against Caleb Plant next and wins, he may get a shot at Alvarez later in the year.

What do you make of these comments from the American? Do you think Canelo Alvarez is ducking David Benavidez?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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