‘He Knows I’m a Threat’ – David Benavidez Lashes Out at Canelo Alvarez For Ducking Him

Published 03/10/2021, 4:00 PM EST


David Benavidez is set to make a comeback to the ring this Saturday. The former super-middleweight champion will take on Ronald Ellis in a 12-round bout. Benavidez is hungry to make his way back to the top and confront big-wigs of the division, like Canelo Alvarez.

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Prior to his upcoming fight, Benavidez was in a chat alongside Fight Hub TV. Here he took a dig at his foe, Canelo Alvarez, for ducking him.

Benavidez said, “He (Canelo) has a history of vacating titles sometimes when he’s meant to fight a strong mandatory. He knows I’m a threat. As much as they wanna say that I don’t have the experience, that I bounce with weight.

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“You know, at the end of the day, they’ve to take the fight and they’re leaving me for last because I’m the hardest ever puncher. I’m the best among all the other fighters. So that’s why he hasn’t accepted the fight.”

Benavidez last fought in August 2020 against Roamer Angulo. The undefeated fighter piled onto the top with constant wins. He is the most prolific talent at present in boxing and principally the super-middleweight roster.

While he was going super-strong with his boxing run, Benavidez wished to step inside the ring with Canelo. However, he accused the Mexican of dodging him and taking easy fights.

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How can David Benavidez get his hands on Canelo Alvarez?

The 24-year-old has stayed out of the limelight for a few months. Although he has a clean record of 23-0, ‘Red Flag’ hasn’t quite competed with the stout contenders in the division. To reach Canelo Alvarez, the American will have to vanquish big-wigs of the 168-pound division from his pathway.

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)

Benavidez has all the prowess in his bag to overpower his opponents. In fact, he’s dispatched 20 opponents with T/KO in his illustrious boxing career.

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‘Red Flag’ will have to dig in real deep stage a fight with Alvarez. That bout will also come with high risk and high reward for the former champion.

For now, he’ll be keen to put on a cracking show on Saturday night and add another feather to his cap.

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What do you make of Benavidez’s comments? Does he possess the ability to overpower Canelo?

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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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