David Benavidez Reveals What Mike Tyson Told Him: ‘He Thinks I Could Be the One to Potentially Beat Canelo’

Published 06/25/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
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 world champion David Benavidez has claimed that he came across some life-changing advice when he met Mike Tyson. Aged 54, Tyson is now a boxing historian and one of the biggest veterans of the by-gone era. Hence, his appraisal seems to mean a lot to the modern-era fighters.

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That said, David Benavidez and Mike Tyson recently interacted on the latter’s HotBoxin’ podcast. The former WBC super-middleweight champion, Benavidez, revealed some insights from the meeting revealing how Tyson viewed his scope at the 168 lbs division.

In a chat with FightHype.com, ‘El Bandera Roja Red Flag’ said, “I have seen him a couple of times, but I never sat down and talked to him, and honestly, I never thought he follows me like that. This is me thinking you know but you know we sat down, he [Mike Tyson] told me that he like the way I fight and he thinks I could be the one to potentially beat Canelo which really meant a lot to me,” said David Benavidez.

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Akin to Mike Tyson, several analysts and fans have tagged Benavidez as the perfect antidote to Canelo Alvarez’s dominance. 24-0 as a pro, Benavidez has already tasted gold and has scored 21 KOs on his rise to stardom. So, he is rightly a top-tier super middleweight boxer at this stage. However, the P4P king Canelo Alvarez looks indomitable, as he is comfortably picking wins against undefeated champions.

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After successfully grabbing the WBC, WBA, and Ring titles against Callum Smith, Alvarez has also added Billy Joe Saunders’s WBO strap to his name in May. Meanwhile, as Alvarez beat Avni Yildirim in February to defend his WBC, WBA, and Ring belts, he is now one belt short of becoming the undisputed super middleweight champion.

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May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Boxer Canelo Alvarez celebrates defeating Billy Joe Saunders during a super middleweight boxing title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Hence, Alvarez has sighted a fight against IBF titlist Caleb Plant next. Considering this, Benavidez may not get his chance anytime soon. However, the former champion’s dominance and sheer record validate him for a title shot. Thus, he can look forward to the ‘Canelo’ show after Alvarez gets done with ‘Sweethands’. Till then, Benavidez can accept another showdown to remain active in the mix.

Do you think David Benavidez can vanquish Canelo Alvarez ?

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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. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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