David Benavidez Training to Fight Canelo Alvarez or Billy Joe Saunders on 24-Hour Notice

Published 04/05/2021, 6:00 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)


2X-middleweight champion David Benavidez will not shy away from replacing either Canelo Alvarez or Billy Joe Saunders from the upcoming 168 lbs title unification clash on May 8. Still fresh from his TKO win over Ronald Ellis, Benavidez and his team believe the super middleweight championship fight will fall short of a contender.

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In that case, 24-year-old Benavidez would happily slide in as he is already involved in a training camp. Also, looking at the recent scenario, David Benavidez might not want to lose his opportunity in becoming the new belt holder. His trainer Jose Benavidez Sr. spoke with AKHi TV and revealed their plans on influencing the upcoming clash between Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders.

“He wants those big fights. In order for him to get those big fights, they are going to come because these guys (Team Canelo) likes to call the people when they are not ready or give you two weeks or a week’s notice or whatever, you know?” said Jose Benavidez Sr. (h/t: Boxing News 24)

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That said, a day’s notice period also seems to work for David Benavidez. Whether it’s Saunders or Alvarez, ‘El Bandera Roja’ seems ready for any challenge.

Jose Benavidez Sr. continued, “We are going to train and stay focused, and if they give us a week notice or if they give me 24-hour notice, we’ll take that fight because I know we’ll be ready.”

He added, “We’re going to be ready. Anything can happen, and in my mind, these guys could get injured, somebody [Saunders] could get injured. They’re going to have to replace somebody.”

David Benavidez into the 168 lbs title unification

A few weeks back, Billy Joe Saunders’s social media posts revealed that all was not well with his health. It raised concerns over his title unification fight with Alvarez. However, with David Benavidez pitching himself in, the matchup has seen a lifeline.

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Meanwhile, a title unification can only happen if two super middleweight champions collide. Alvarez currently holds the WBC, WBA, and Ring titles, and Saunders has his hands on the WBO title. So, a fight between them would still be the top priority as it would pave the way for an undisputed title clash against the undefeated IBF champion Caleb Plant.

Hence, David Benavidez will remain as a mere option, unless any of the champions pull out from the race.

Do you think David Benavidez can defeat Canelo Alvarez or Billy Joe Saunders?

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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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