Despite His Elder Son’s Recent Loss, Jose Benavidez Sr. Believes David Benavidez vs. Jermall Charlo Won’t Be a “Fair Fight”

Published 01/23/2024, 1:29 PM EST

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After a prolonged absence from the ring, Jermall Charlo marked his return in a bout against Jose Benavidez Jr. in the undercard of David Benavidez vs. Demetrius Andrade in Las Vegas in November last year. The 10-round match showcased Charlo’s smooth prowess, dispelling concerns of ring rust. With ambitions to face Canelo Álvarez next, the middleweight boxer from Lafayette, Louisiana, is preparing to even make a move to super middleweight. But is he ready for one of the best ever?

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Jose Benavidez Sr., David’s father, has been looking to get his son, a mandatory challenger, a fight with Canelo for the super middleweight championship for years now. Since a fight with Canelo is not appearing on the horizon, who will David Benavidez fight next? With rumors of Jermall making a move to super middleweight and David not having a future fight set, is there a chance of the Mexican Monster fighting the WBC middleweight champion? Benavidez Sr. shares his thoughts.

David Benavidez’s father doesn’t think Jermall deserves Canelo

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With aspirations of facing Canelo Alvarez, David Benavidez is eagerly awaiting a call that could shape his next move. In the meantime, Jermall Charlo emerges as a compelling alternative for Benavidez.

In the lookout for future opponents, Benavidez Sr. is considering every name he can find. When asked by the interviewer if Jermall Charlo is a viable option for David since he successfully managed to defeat his older son, Benavidez Sr. says no.

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Jose Benavidez doesn’t think Jermall Charlo is yet on his son’s level. He said, “I would love him to fight Jermall Charlo but you know I don’t think David will stop him, you know, come on. In the performance that we’ve seen with my other son Jose Benavidez Jr, he will destroy him man. And I don’t think it will be a fair fight or an exciting fight. We want exciting fights. We want fights that are going to give you danger, you know, fights that are 50-50. So I don’t think Charlo’s a 50-50 fight.

While concluding he added, “I am being honest with you, I don’t think that’s a fighter that deserves Canelo or David at this point.” In addition to Jose Benavidez, Abel Sanchez too believes that David Benavidez will be too tough for Jermall Charlo. So, it really won’t be an interesting fight.

Abel Sanchez talks about Benavidez vs. Charlo

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Abel Sanchez holds unique insights into David Benavidez’s journey, having witnessed the young boxer’s potential firsthand. Benavidez, at the age of 16, engaged in sparring sessions with the seasoned Gennady Golovkin at Sanchez’s former gym, Big Bear. While Golovkin was known for his dominance, Benavidez exhibited remarkable skills, catching the eye of Sanchez.

The experienced trainer recognized something exceptional in Benavidez, and recent events have validated Sanchez’s assessment. Knowing Charlo, Sanchez said in an interview with FightHype, “I think it’s three or four more rounds than the Demetrius fight, but I think this, David is too much for Jermall.” There are many that believe that the Mexican Monster would be too big a challenge for Jermall Charlo, especially since he is still making his return to the ring after his hiatus.

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