Mikey Garcia Says David Benavidez Not an Easy Fight for Canelo Alvarez

Published 12/27/2020, 4:49 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Boxer Canelo Alvarez poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez will challenge WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his titles at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Canelo Alvarez grabbed the vacant WBC super-middleweight title alongside Callum Smith’s WBA and Ring titles when he overcame the Brit in their headlining encounter on December 19th.

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That said, the WBC title was once held by the unbeaten David Benavidez, who was stripped off the belt after failing to make weight in August 2020.

This puts Benavidez as a relevant contender in the super middleweight title ride. The 24-year-old is one of the best punchers in the division. So, several people want him to face the mighty Canelo Alvarez.

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Maybe it’s too quick, but Benavidez vs Alvarez can determine the future of the division.

Former champion Mikey Garcia has all his love towards this possible matchup. He even considers Benavidez to be a tough-call for Alvarez.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 07: Canelo Alvarez (L) throws a left at Amir Khan during the WBC middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Speaking with FightHype.com, Mikey Garcia hailed Canelo Alvarez as the favorite but didn’t rule out Benavidez’s chances in the fight.

“I don’t think Benavidez is going to be the one to like, Canelo will just bully him around either. I think Benavidez is down. He is a gangster,” said Garcia.

He added, “But it’s not gonna be an easy fight for him (Canelo) either. It will be a very close fight. Benavidez is fast, he is strong, confident, young.

“He might lack a little bit of experience, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have enough tools to win. Experience isn’t the only thing that requires.”

Canelo Alvarez vs David Benavidez- A fight to make?

2021 will bring several options for Alvarez. He dreams to unify the super middleweight division, which will possibly put him against Caleb Plant or Billy Joe Saunders.

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Meanwhile, Jermall Charlo can enter the picture with a shift to 168 lbs and now David Benavidez also appears ready for the ride.

Speaking on Alvarez vs Benavidez, Garcia said, “That’s actually a good fight, I don’t know whether Canelo will be fighting him. It could probably happen in the next year.”  

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Canelo Alvarez can also opt for a trilogy against Gennady Golovkin. Both the boxers have won their recent bouts and are back on the top. Therefore, the Mexican superstar has a number of choices in front of him.

Do you think Canelo Alvarez vs David Benavidez will happen?

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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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