Benavidez Calls Out The WBC For Protecting Canelo – ‘It’s Unfair, Let’s Make It Happen’

May 5, 2024
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Benavidez Calls Out The WBC For Protecting Canelo

David Benavidez has slammed the WBC over their handling of his mandatory position at 168. 

The Mexican Monster is the WBC Interim Super Middleweight Champion, making him mandatory for Canelo’s Undisputed Super Middleweight Title. He has been in the position for over two years. However, the fight has not been made. Both camps have blamed each other. Benavidez’s camp claimed Alvarez turned down a guarantee of $55 million for the fight. But Alvarez’s team denied that any offer was made.

Then Canelo stated he would take the fight if the money was right. The figure mentioned was $150-200 million, making it look like Canelo was pricing himself out. But since the WBC has not stripped Canelo, nor have they called it mandatory, it has left Benavidez with plenty to ponder. The Mexican has moved up to 175 to fight Oleksandr Gvozdyk for the WBC Interim Light Heavyweight Title on June 15. Benavidez admitted he has no plans to come down to 168 unless it is one for the Canelo fight. 

Benavidez On Canelo

“Definitely, I earned my right to campaign for the title. The WBC, I think it’s unfair that they’re only giving me ten days to decide if I’m staying at 175 or 168. I haven’t gotten the opportunity for three years, but we’ll make the decision [whether to return to 168] after the fight [against Gvozdyk]. But definitely, if we can make the fight happen, that’s a fight that we all want to see.

“I’m not ducking nobody. I see he’s going up to 175, so potentially we could have that fight. The only fight I’m staying around at 168 is for Canelo. I’m done at 168. If not for Canelo, I’m not going down to 168. I was there for ten years at the pinnacle to fight for all the belts, and they didn’t give me the opportunity. So now we’re moving up too 175. But definitely, that’s a very lucrative fight, me and David Morrell. He’s the best with PBC, so let’s make it happen,” Benavidez said

De La Hoya vs Canelo

Canelo has also butted heads with Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya. The two exchanged a verbal war of words at the Jaime Munguia presser. De La Hoya called out Canelo, telling the fighter he helped build his career through Golden Boy. Oscar finished his speech, telling Alvarez to put some ‘respect’ on his name. Alvarez reacted by telling the promoter he had tried to steal money from him. De La Hoya then issued a ‘cease-and-desist’ letter shortly after they almost got to an altercation at the presser. Talk emerged over who would beat each other if they were in their prime. Benavidez picked De La Hoya to beat Canelo. 

“Oscar all day. A prime Oscar beats everybody. I think Oscar had a lot to get off his chest, and he finally had the platform to do it.  He’s entitled to say whatever he wants to say. Everybody says what they want to say about him. So why can’t he speak his mind?,” Benavidez revealed

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