Via Sean Jones: David Benavidez said he will soon be 175 if he fails to fight Canelo, Demetrius Andrade, Jermall Charlo and Caleb Plant at 168.
Benavidez said if he didn’t get any of those fighters to accept him, he’d go up to 175 and fight for a world title in that weight class.
Unfortunately for Benavidez, if Canelo gets his hands on one or more titles at 175, he could be locked out of a fight like the one we saw at 168. Boxing isn’t like the NFL or NBA that teams forced to fight with other good teams.
In boxing, boxers can choose whoever they want. The problem is even worse when you get a boxer turned superstar like Canelo, because he picks whoever he wants to fight, and there aren’t many like Benavidez that can do that.
Two-time former WBC super-middleweight champion Benavidez (25-0, 22 KOs) pursued the fight with those two dogs at 168 years old but was not accepted by any of them.
Benavidez is fighting David Lemieux (43-4, 36 KOs) next May 21 for the 168-lb interim WBC title on Showtime Championship Boxing at Gila River Arena, Glendale.
If Benavidez wins the interim WBC 168lb title, he will be in a position to challenge WBC champion Canelo Alvarez.
However, there is no guarantee that Benavidez will fight against Canelo, the Franchise champion, and it is a belt that allows a fighter to pick & choose who they want to fight the WBC.
Benavidez to increase to 175
“If I can’t fight Boo Boo Andrade, Caleb Plant, Charlo or Canelo, I will increase to 175,“David Benavidez said to Podcasts PBC. “I have been waiting to try to make these battles happen for a long time, and people have shown me how to solve the problem,” says Benavidez.
It’s amazing that Benavidez only now realizes that he’s being run away by other top fighters because it’s been so obvious for years.
Instead of wasting time fighting lacklusters like David Lemieux, Benavidez should move up to 175 right now because there’s no chance for Canelo to fight him, neither is Caleb Plant.
Furthermore, Jermall Charlo’s recent comment on Mike Tyson’s Hotboxin Podcast about Benavidez having nothing to offer him is an indication that he is not going to fight him.
Interestingly, Charlo will be up against Maciej Sulecki, a fighter who was recently defeated by Demetrius Andrade. It is believed that Charlo is just squeezing out his WBC middleweight title with no intention of fighting anyone good until he takes on Canelo in 2023.
“Everybody says I don’t bring anything to the table and that I don’t value anything and anything. I know these warriors are scared,” Benavidez said.
“[Jermall] Charlo was supposed to fight Jaime Munguia, and now he’s fighting someone known, a Polish boxer. [Maciej Sulecki] which I don’t even know his name.
“So I don’t understand that Charlo is saying that I have no value on the table and that I have nothing to offer him. Now, he’s fighting with someone else [Sulecki] that no one knows who he is.
“Caleb Plant is fighting Anthony Dirrell, a guy I stopped when I was 22. Like I said if I can’t fight and fight, [I’ll be moving up to 175].
“The only reason I want to fight these guys [Canelo, Andrade, Charlo, and Plant] is because they are the top fighters in the division,” said Benavidez.
“That’s why I want to fight them. Everyone has a right to say what’s going on, but if I can’t fight them, I’ll go up to 175.
Benavidez feels Canelo is fucking him
“It’s hard to see that,” Benavidez said when asked if it would be difficult watching Canelo fight all these other boxers, knowing he could give him a tougher test.
“I can’t think about that. It’s a bit frustrating. If I can’t fight these guys, then I need to go my own way and go my own way.
“The thing that frustrates me about WBC is that I’ve played against title removers and I think it was two title removers. I was going to fight Canelo, but Canelo does whatever he wants.
“So now they [World Boxing Council] let me fight for [WBC 168-lb] temporary title so I can basically keep quiet and DO NOT claim the fight against Canelo.
“Even then, I heard that if Canelo beat Bivol and GGG, by the end of the year [December]he can go up against John Ryder,” Benavidez said.
“It was crazy because Canelo said I had nothing to offer, but I spoke to Luis DeCubas and he said they offered him fifty-five million dollars for a fight against me plus with pay-per-view. So I don’t know how I didn’t give him anything. Obviously, it was a big fight.
“Also, he [Canelo] It takes less money to make transactions with DAZN. Everyone knows that a fight is hard for me, and I bring a lot of people, I bring a lot of fans. They love the way I fight,” Benavidez said.
“Now, I’m starting to see that these guys keep letting me go,” Benavidez said. “It’s clear to me now that people don’t want to fight for a reason because if I were an easy target I would be a good name on anyone’s resume.
“Two times world champion, 25-0 with 22 knockouts. It’s a great name for anyone’s resume, I don’t care who it is. For people to not want to accept these wars, that’s one reason.
“Probably when I saw these guys at the fight and recognized their faces and made it a little more personal. I tried to be a nice guy and behave respectfully, but I feel that people just need a little more attention.
“We’ll see. I’ll keep winning my fights. With social media, it’s a great weapon to put pressure on all the other fighters. If I get to 175, and I get ranked 175th, and 1st at 168th, then there’s nothing for Canelo to say.He’ll have to fight me in the end.
“Maybe if it doesn’t happen at 168, it will most likely happen at 175. We’ll have to wait and see.
“I feel like I’m the one to beat Canelo because I have the size, the speed, the power and I have the dog in me. I really want this. I feel like whoever I hit, I could get hurt. It doesn’t matter who it is.
“I feel like I have that power and I have that power and I have the speed to make things possible. I just need the chance. That’s why a lot of people don’t want to fight me because they know I want a chance. For me, it’s not money,” Benavidez said.