David Benavidez Reveals a Major Weakness in Canelo Alvarez’s Past Opponents

Published 05/15/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Canelo Alvarez (teal trunks) and Billy Joe Saunders (blue green trunks) during a super middleweight boxing title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


The pound-for-pound king of boxing, Canelo Alvarez ranks among the biggest boxing faces today. With his out-of-the-box prowess and in-ring conduct, Alvarez has made his way to the peak and stayed there. This is primarily because only a handful of his opponents could break Alvarez’s style of fighting and approach to the game.

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In fact, in his past few fights, the Mexican boxer has given a fair and square beating to his fellow adversaries. What is it that his past opponents lacked?

In a chat with Fight Hub TV, the ex-WBC super-middleweight champ, David Benavidez, addressed the same concern and shared his take on it.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez during his unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs in their middleweight unification fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

He said, “I feel like I can beat (Canelo). I saw a lot of things (in the last fight) that I know I can take advantage of. Canelo’s opponents, the last ones, didn’t have power. I have the goods to give Canelo a great fight… I know I’m going to be the one that beats Canelo.” (h/t ESPN Ringside)

In his last fight, Canelo battered Billy Joe Saunders to claim a sensational win. Saunders fared well in this fight, but Saul Alvarez’s prowess was too much to handle. Prior to Saunders, Canelo faced Avni Yildirim and won that fight hassle-free. If Alvarez and Benavidez keep winning, a collision could be imminent.

David Benavidez hungry to fight Canelo Alvarez

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For a long time, ‘El Bandera Roja’ has asked for a 12-round war against the stout Canelo Alvarez. The former champ boasts an immaculate record of 24-0. Moreover, a whopping 21 of his wins have arrived via T/KO.

He feels he has every ability in this world to condemn Canelo to his second career loss. However, he will have to wait for a while to secure this fight. For now, the Guadalajara boxer only wants to conquer all the belts at the 168-pound weight class. And before that, he won’t look to fight anyone else.

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Hence, until he gets a fight with Alvarez, Benavidez should look to fighting any and every opponent in his way, thus making his chances viable for a bout against Canelo.

What do you make of Benavidez’s comments on Canelo’s past opponents?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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