Stephen Espinoza is optimistic concerning the potential of placing collectively a Jermall Charlo-David Benavidez combat later this 12 months.
Espinoza, Showtime’s president of sports activities and occasion programming, realizes it could be an formidable transfer for Charlo to battle Benavidez in his first combat on the 168-pound restrict. But when Canelo Alvarez beats Billy Joe Saunders on Might 8 and packing containers Caleb Plant in September, Espinoza defined throughout a current look on Chris Mannix’s Sports activities Illustrated boxing podcast that it may open up a possibility to schedule a Charlo-Benavidez bout for late in 2021.
The 30-year-old Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) is scheduled to make an elective protection of his WBC middleweight title in opposition to Mexican underdog Juan Macias Montiel (24-4-2, 22 KOs) on June 19 in Houston, Charlo’s hometown. Assuming Charlo wins that low-profile combat, boxing Benavidez may turn into extra interesting to Charlo if he can’t safe a 160-pound title unification combat in opposition to both IBF/IBO champ Gennadiy Golovkin or WBO champ Demetrius Andrade.
The 24-year-old Benavidez (24-0, 21 KOs) has challenged Charlo publicly on quite a few events, each earlier than and after his Eleventh-round, technical-knockout victory over Ronald Ellis (18-2-2, 12 KOs, 1 NC) on March 13 at Mohegan Solar Enviornment in Uncasville, Connecticut. The previous WBC tremendous middleweight champion is also a heavy favourite over former IBF champ Jose Uzcategui (30-4, 25 KOs) in a WBC elimination match scheduled for August 28.
Showtime will televise the Charlo-Montiel and Benavidez-Uzcategui fights, which Espinoza expects may result in Charlo-Benavidez.
“I believe it is vitally doable,” Espinoza stated. “, at 168 there’s Benavidez, there’s Plant, there’s, you understand, Canelo being the wild card and possibly Jermall Charlo, you understand, throw into that group. I believe [Charlo-Benavidez] may’ve occurred, however the timing was off. , Jermell and Jermall haven’t fought since September. And David Benavidez simply fought, you understand, in March. So, Benavidez wasn’t gonna be prepared as shortly as Jermall needed, and Jermall didn’t wanna wait all the way in which till the autumn, till when Benavidez was prepared.
“So, they every took a combat and I believe there will probably be conversations going ahead. Now, whether or not or not it’s truthful to ask Jermall to tackle one of many two or three finest guys within the division in his first combat at that weight class, that’s an enormous problem. However, you understand, I nonetheless suppose it is vitally doable that that combat occurs subsequent, relying on what occurs with Plant and Canelo as nicely.”
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He may be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.