David Benavidez Explains Why He Is a Better Opponent Than Jermall Charlo for Canelo Alvarez

Published 11/13/2021, 6:31 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 28: David Benavidez (L) punches Sherali Mamajonov during the second round of their super middleweight fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Benavidez won the fight with a second-round TKO. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


Super middleweight’s top-prospect David Benavidez has been eyeing a scrap against undisputed champion Canelo Alvarez for several months. Relying on his own undefeated status, Benavidez believes he can be an antidote to Alvarez’s dominance. However, he is just another name on the long list of potential opponents who can get a shot at Canelo.

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Starting from middleweights to cruiserweights, Alvarez is grabbing attention from various boxers. However, Jermall Charlo, the 160 lbs champion, and David Benavidez, the former 168 lbs champion, appear to be two of the most prominent names in the race. Both the undefeated stars have claimed that they will offer a tough fight to Canelo Alvarez.

‘El Bandera Roja’ has freshly detailed why he is a better option than Charlo and should get the chance first.

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In an interaction with Brian Custer, Benavidez said, “Well, you know first thing is first, because I am the number one contender in the super middleweight. I have been at super middleweight my whole career. Charlo has never had a fight at super middleweight. You know he is trying to skip the line and go straight to the paycheck.”

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“I don’t mind fighting, Charlo. You know I feel like that will be a great situation to have an Interim belt. You know, I mean it makes sense on both sides. But Charlo, I feel like he is not sure about himself, you know.”

Former WBC super-middleweight champion David Benavidez will face Kyrone Davis this weekend. On bagging his twenty-fifth pro win, he can expect a shot at the world titles.

Will we see David Benavidez vs Canelo Alvarez anytime soon?

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On papers, Alvarez and Benavidez may seem aligned to lock horns. But reality can be sheerly contrasting. A trilogy fight between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez has been a matter of discussion for the past few months.

Meanwhile, Alvarez can move up to 175 or move down to 160 anytime. That will further complicate Benavidez’s chances of facing the P4P King.

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)

Nevertheless, Alvarez has expressed his desire to sustain the run at super middleweight. If that is the case, then he cannot avoid Benavidez for a long time. However, ‘El Bandera Roja’ needs to keep winning to make himself the top choice for Saul.

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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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