David Benavidez Not Interested in Fighting Canelo Alvarez Now: ‘I Want to Earn the Canelo Fight’

Published 03/09/2021, 4:00 PM 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)


Super-middleweight challenger David Benavidez has made a slightly shocking admission about Canelo Alvarez. The undefeated former champion revealed he would rather earn the Canelo fight than face him right away.

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Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Canelo Alvarez (red trunks) celebrates after defeating Callum Smith (white trunks) during their WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight championship bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Alvarez is on his way to becoming the undisputed champion in the super-middleweight division. He will take on Billy Joe Saunders in May to go one step further in that direction. As a result, he never considered Benavidez.

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Initially, the American criticized Alvarez multiple times. He accused the Mexican of ducking him and avoiding a fight. However, he has now changed his stance. He spoke on ‘The Last Stand’ podcast and said, “For me, myself, I want to earn the Canelo fight. And I feel like, the way I earn the Canelo fight is going through all these people, and I mean, I’m sure I can make it happen.”

This showed his admittance that he may have to fight the other contenders before fighting Alvarez. Despite this, the former champion remained confident that he would get the job done. “I’m a hundred percent positive I could beat all these guys. So, the only thing I need is an opportunity right now,” said Benavidez.

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How can David Benavidez get his opportunity?

The former champion is clearly okay with waiting for his shot at the current champion. Benavidez has previously stated he will be the man to beat Alvarez. However, he is in no rush and is focussing on his opponents. So how could he earn that fight?

The easiest way for Benavidez to ensure that he will get the Alvarez fight is if he can get a belt to his name. Alvarez said he will become the undisputed champion, and thus, a belt guarantees fans a Benavidez-Alvarez fight.

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)

The America also called out IBF champion Caleb Plant.Given that Plant fought in January, he will be due for a fight in the middle of the year, before the potential fight against the Mexican at the end of the year.

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Therefore, if Benavidez can make the Plant fight happen and beat him, he will fight Alvarez at the end of the year, and that might be for the undisputed super-middleweight championship of the world.

What do you make of these comments from David Benavidez? Do you think he can earn a shot at Alvarez?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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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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