October 21, 2021

David Benavidez: I Have What Canelo Wants – The WBC Title

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WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez (22-0, 19 KOs) would be more than willing to face Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

Last November, Canelo moved up by two weight divisions, from middleweight to light heavyweight, and knocked out Sergey Kovalev to capture the WBO world title.

Not long after, he vacated the WBO belt and began to make plans to drop down in weight to 168-pounds.


Canelo fought at super middleweight at the end of 2018, when he demolished Rocky Fielding for the WBA “regular” title. He still holds the WBA “regular” title at that weight, and the WBA title at middleweight.

Canelo is slated, at least on paper, to fight on September 12. That return, still without an opponent, is likely being pushed back to a later date.

Benavidez would embrace that fight with open arms.

“I have a title that Canelo wants, the WBC. If he gives me the fight it will be an honor for me. And if he gives me the opportunity I will be ready. I think I have what it takes to beat him: youth, strength, speed and I think I can beat him,” said Benavidez during the WBC’s Tuesday Coffee.

“It is a fight that I want and if he gives me the fight, it is going to be a war for people and it is a fight that people want to see. Boxing wins with that fight.” 

The 23-year-old boxer is scheduled to defend his title in a Showtime televised fight on August 15 against Roamer Angulo (26-1, 22KOs) at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Another option for Benavidez, is a unification with his Premier Boxing Champions stablemate, undefeated IBF world champion Caleb Plant – who will make a voluntary defense of his title before the year is out.