Canelo Will Meet Al Haymon To Discuss The Benavidez Fight
The Mexican is coming off a win over Jermell Charlo, which kept his undisputed title at super middleweight intact. Alvarez eased to a unanimous decision win. Charlo moved up two weight classes in order to make the fight happen.
The difference in weight was telling as Charlo failed to inflict any serious damage on the boxer, which is why Canelo’s win did not reveal too much about his form since he was not facing a fully-fledged 168-pound fighter.
Following David Benavidez’s win over Demetrius Andrade, there are calls for the two fighters to meet each other since the Mexican Monster is the WBC interim champion. Cinco De Mayo weekend and Mexican Independence Day are the dates being lined up for a potential fight. Despite this being the case, Canelo made it clear that he was in a position to call the shots.
Canelo On Benavidez
“Right now, my dates are May and September. Those are the dates I always look to fight. This Monday, I’m going to have a meeting about what comes next. Well, a lot of things can be said, but at this moment, I’m the King, and I can do whatever I want.
“We’ll see. Like I said, I’m here to make the best fights, and if that’s a good fight for September, we’ll see. Sometimes the fights are bigger if you wait a bit. If I beat Benavidez, they’re going to say, ‘Why don’t you face another guy? It’s the same thing. Look at my history. I’ve done everything in boxing,” Alvarez said
Outside of Benavidez, three other names were mentioned. Jermall Charlo, Terence Crawford and Jaime Munguia. However, there are question marks over the suitability of those three fights. Charlo and Crawford are not 168-pound fighters. The former would be moving up from 160, just one weight class.
But the fighter had been out of the ring for more than two years with mental health struggles before his recent return and win against Jose Benavidez Jr. Meanwhile, the latter would be jumping up three weight classes to take on the Mexican. Jermell had shown that jumping up two weight divisions was a tough feat, making it more difficult for Bud to do so.
As for Munguia, the fighter has two bouts at 168. Despite being an undefeated Mexican, the Benavidez fight is the name of every boxing fan. In response to those names, Alvarez denied that those fights were being considered.
“I don’t know where those names came from, but on Monday, I’m going to sit down with Al Haymon and see what comes next and see what’s the best for us,” Alvarez
Canelo faces a crucial period in his career moving forward. The four-division champion has achieved everything in the sport. But one question remains d: Is Alvarez the best Mexican of his era? Time will tell.
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