David Benavidez’s Trainer Expects Canelo Alvarez to Be Like Floyd Mayweather: ‘He Will Give an Opportunity to Us’

Published 04/01/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 24: Fighter David Benavidez in the ring during a media workout at LA Live on September 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)


The sturdy super-middleweight, David Benavidez, has an enormous list of opponents he wishes to compete against. Among them, Canelo Alvarez ranks at the pinnacle on his checklist. Benavidez has expressed his interest in fighting the pound-for-pound king of boxing several times.

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Recently, ‘El Bandera Roja’s father and trainer Jose Benavidez was in an interview with Boxing Scene. In conversation with them, he shed some light on staging a fight with Canelo Alvarez.

Canelo is a teacher, the best pound-for-pound fighter in our eyes. He has a lot of talent, a great counter puncher.” 

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“We keep learning, David keeps getting stronger, he’s 24 years old. I think [against Canelo], it’s a fight that people are asking for, it is not going to happen right now, we hope that after three or four fights like Floyd Mayweather gave him the opportunity, he will give an opportunity to us,” said Jose Benavidez.

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)

The elder Benavidez admitted Canelo has a stacked fight plan for 2021, and his son barely fits into the same.

He feels Canelo staying busy with his current boxing stint will only give David Benavidez an opportunity to work on himself and improve immensely for when he does get a shot against the multi-division world champion.

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Will Canelo Alvarez fight David Benavidez by 2022?

Canelo Alvarez has mammoth plans to fight for the undisputed super-middleweight title. He will contend with Billy Joe Saunders on May 8. If he gets past the Brit, Alvarez will then challenge Caleb Plant for all the super-middleweight titles.

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Citing the same, Saul Alvarez won’t really take any other fights before fighting the champions at his weight class. However, once he captures all the belts at the 168-pound category, needless to say, he’ll be open to fighting any and everyone from the division.

Until then, Benavidez will look to constantly add wins to his name and become a governing body’s mandatory. By doing so, he would also make his track record even more appealing and be the front runner for a title fight.

A clash between the duo will be an absolute war, and the winner will cement his legacy for many more years to come.

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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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