David Benavidez to Canelo Alvarez: ‘Vacate All the Titles’

Published 01/11/2022, 1:50 AM EST
Nov 5, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Canelo Alvarez blows a kiss to his family after weighing in for his super middleweight championship boxing match against Caleb Plant (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


David Benavidez has made his intentions of fighting Canelo Alvarez very clear. Although the champ has not responded yet, it would be a very interesting fight to make. Benavidez is a former champion who still possesses the skill set to trouble even the pound-for-pound king.

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However, Canelo, who has already conquered and run through the entire division, has his eyes set on making history. On the ‘Calling Russ Anber’ podcast, co-host Matt Casavant asked Benavidez what he thought of the fans accusing Canelo of cherry-picking his opponents.

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‘El Bandera Roja’ said, “If he’s going to be at 168, he has to fight me. Or if he’s not going to be at 168, vacate all the titles.”

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“You know, he could pick and choose if he’s gonna go to 175, or he’s gonna go to 200 pounds or whatever he wants to do. He could do whatever he wants to do. If people are saying he’s picking and choosing, that’s for other people to say. You know, I stay in my lane. I have tunnel vision. My main focus is the titles.”

“So if he’s not gonna fight me, he has to vacate the titles and let me fight for the titles.”

The former champion is currently searching for his next opponent and is very keen to earn a title shot. However, all the belts in the division lie around the waist of one man, and he doesn’t seem to be fighting him anytime soon.

Canelo Alvarez looks to take on Jermall Charlo in 2022

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Rumors around a possible match-up between Canelo Alvarez and Jermall Charlo are growing stronger. Initially, Saul was set to take on the WBC cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu. However, as Makabu may have to make his mandatory title defense, Canelo has shifted his focus to other champions.

Nov 6, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Canelo Alvarez celebrates after knocking out Caleb Plant (not pictured) during their undisputed super middleweight world championship boxing match at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

According to ESPN journalist Mike Coppinger, there are “talks” for a Cinco De Mayo showdown between Canelo Alvarez and Jermall Charlo.

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What do you think about this matchup? Will Jermall Charlo be able to overcome the pound-for-pound king?

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Loyola College, Allan fuses his love for literature and the sport of boxing to deliver quality copies about 'The Sweet Science.' Allan is a semi-professional soccer player for Diego Juniors FC.

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