Canelo Alvarez On Fighting David Benavidez: “Why Not?” — Boxing News


Canelo Alvarez is out of the blue exhibiting curiosity in combating David Benavidez and Gennady Golovkin after being cool to the thought for years.

It’s good that Canelo is able to give the followers the fights they need to see after he unifies the division this yr, however it’s too unhealthy he waited this lengthy.

With Canelo going through Billy Joe Saunders this Saturday evening on DAZN, is he simply attempting to create curiosity in that combat by name-dropping Benavidez and Golovkin’s names?

Why did Canelo wait till the week of his combat with Saunders (30-0, 14 KOs) earlier than telling the media he would probably be keen to combat Benavidez or GGG?

Canelo (55-1-2, 37 KOs) says that after he finishes utilizing the tremendous middleweight division in 2021, he would welcome the thought of combating former two-time WBC 168-lb champ Benavidez (24-0, 21 KOs) or face Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs) in a trilogy that followers have been ready for since 2018.

“Sure, positive, why not?” Canelo mentioned to Fighthub about probably combating Golovkin or David Benavidez after he unifies the 168lb division. “It might be as soon as my purpose is achieved.

“The factor that occurs is individuals are at all times asking why not combat Callum Smith as a substitute, after which when the combat comes, they’re questioning ‘Oh, however it was not so good as we anticipated,’” Alvarez mentioned, “however that’s as a result of they have been going through me.”

Canelo wouldn’t have to fret about followers downplaying a victory over Benavidez as they did with Callum Smith, as he’s not coming off a controversial/present determination the best way that he was.

Benavidez has been knocking everybody out and searching spectacular.

Boxing followers stopped asking Canelo to combat Callum Smith after the British fighter received a controversial 12 spherical unanimous determination over John Ryder in November 2019.

After that combat, the curiosity was not there for followers to see Canelo combat Callum. Surprisingly, Canelo selected to combat the lanky 6’3″ Smith anyway, regardless of the controversy surrounding his final combat with Ryder.

Billy Joe Saunders, Canelo Alvarez, David Benavidez, Gennadiy Golovkin - Boxing News

“What I really need is the very best matches,” Alvarez mentioned, “to proceed making historical past in my profession.”

“Truthfully, I believe folks lose plenty of respect for him if he does that,” Benavidez mentioned to DAZN Information about Canelo if he chooses to vacate all of his 168-lb titles with out combating him.

“I’m the one individual — outdoors of these two (Saunders and Plant) — that individuals need to see combat him. I really feel like folks need to see him combat me greater than they need to see him combat Billy Joe Saunders and Caleb Plant.”

It’s a good assertion from Benavidez that the U.S boxing fan prefers to see Canelo combat him over Plant or Saunders. Right here we’re within the week of Canelo’s combat with Saunders, and the curiosity in that combat isn’t excessive.

The British boxing followers are excited to see Canelo combat Billy Joe, however the People appear lukewarm about it.

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