By: Hans Themistode
David Benavidez hadn’t even wiped the blood away from his gloves earlier than turning to the digital camera and calling out his subsequent opponent.
“I wanna struggle Charlo,” mentioned Benavidez throughout a digital press convention. “I feel that may be an important struggle. He was saying all these items that he might knock me out, come do it.”
Simply moments earlier than daring WBC middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo to step into the ring with him, Benavidez handed fringe contender Ronald Ellis a one-sided beating on the Mohegan Solar On line casino, in Uncasville Connecticut. Every punch that Benavidez landed produced a smile on his 24-year-old face.
After relentlessly tormenting his man for the overwhelming majority of their contest, referee Johnny Callas mercifully referred to as an finish to their bout within the eleventh.
With unified champion Canelo Alvarez and WBO belt holder Billy Joe Saunders wrapped up in a unification contest that may happen in early Might, together with IBF titlist Caleb Plant at present ready on standby to tackle the winner, Benavidez has given his undivided consideration to Charlo.
On a number of events the WBC middleweight champion has said that regardless of Benavidez campaigning one weight class greater, that he would don’t have any downside transferring up in weight and leaving the 24-year-old flat on his again.
Since his daring claims, Charlo has considerably modified his tune. Not is he curious about dealing with Benavidez at 168 kilos, as an alternative, he has supplied to take him on at a catchweight. Even when Benavidez had been keen to just accept his struggle phrases, Charlo outlined a number of different calls for together with Benavidez, together with anybody else he faces, taking a COVID-19 vaccine and refusing to tackle anybody beneath the age of 25. Presently, that may make Benavidez ineligible to placate Charlo’s needs.
With that mentioned, the previous two time tremendous middleweight belt holder is now of the assumption that even when he might alter his date of start paperwork and get vaccinated, that Charlo would nonetheless be hesitant to place his cash the place his mouth is and make the struggle occur.
“He mentioned he was going to maneuver as much as 168 however now he’s again peddling. He was saying all these items that he might knock me out, come do it.”
Whereas his choice is to face Charlo subsequent, that doesn’t absolve the remainder of the tremendous middleweight division. No matter Benavidez being one of many youngest and least skilled fighters in his weight class, he received’t again down from his declare that it doesn’t matter who steps into the ring with him subsequent. The top consequence would be the very same.
“If anyone thinks it’s a straightforward activity then come see me within the ring. I’ll present you in any other case. I’m keen to struggle whoever, I’m not terrified of anyone. I’m the youngest man on this roster and I’ll knock all people out.”