David Benavidez Paints a Target on Canelo Alvarez’s Back

Published 10/19/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez walks to his corner during his middleweight unification fight against Daniel Jacobs at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Former 168 lbs champion David Benavidez believes he is close to earning a scrap against the P4P king Canelo Alvarez. Boasting 24 wins in 24 fights, the American star will compete against Jose Uzcategui on November 13 in a title eliminator at the Footprint Center in Phoenix. One week before that fight, Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant will compete for all four super-middleweight belts at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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While the winners of the fights shall compete next, Alvarez had prioritized Jermall Charlo over David Benavidez in one of his previous interviews. Now, ‘El Bandera Roja’ has revealed why he should get the shot at Canelo Alvarez before Charlo.

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In a chat with FightHype.com, David Benavidez said, “I mean, I don’t see why he would go in a different direction. I feel a lot of people are putting pressure already. I feel like this is right here. This fight for the WBC and IBF title eliminator, the winner of this fight, has to fight Canelo definitely. Because it’s not only because what the people want to see. It is because we earned the right. You know this is my second title eliminator.”

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There’s no denying several boxers want to test themselves against the P4P king Canelo Alvarez. Apart from legacy, Alvarez brings in hefty paydays. Hence, a fight against him is lucrative. Although most of Alvarez’s opponents depart with big payments, they also suffer massive defeats.

From December 2020 to May 2021, two undefeated world champions (Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders) have lost to Alvarez.

Does David Benavidez have a chance against Canelo Alvarez?

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Benavidez has 21 KO wins under his belt and is undoubtedly an elite-level boxer. But Canelo Alvarez’s massive 59-fight experience will overshadow Benavidez. However, as is the case in boxing, the 24-year-old will have his chances. He will have to emulate what Floyd Mayweather did back in 2013. Or he will have to come out all guns blazing and take the fight to Alvarez for 36 minutes.

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)

While it might be too much to ask for, Benavidez has always seemed confident about his potential against the Mexican star. He is also hunting for the showdown. That being said, even Smith and ‘Superb’ were extremely confident.

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However, for it to happen, Alvarez must end another undefeated fighter’s streak (Caleb Plant) and Benavidez must claim his twenty-fifth career win a week later.

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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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