Chavez Sr. Defends Canelo For Ducking Benavidez – ‘I Can’t Speak Badly Of Canelo’

February 20, 2024
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Chavez Sr. Defends Canelo For Ducking Benavidez - 'I Can’t Speak Badly Of Canelo'

Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. has defended Canelo Alvarez amid criticism that he is ducking David Benavidez.

Alvarez has not fought since his one-sided win over Jermell Charlo last year to retain his Undisputed Super Middleweight Title. After the victory, all eyes turned towards a Benavidez fight. The Mexican Monster stopped two-weight world champion Demetrius Andrade to boost his credibility for fighting Canelo.

Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Independence Day were mentioned as possible dates. Alvarez announced his next fight would be against an American. That has not made things any clearer as Jermall Charlo, Terence Crawford, and Benavidez fight that category.

Charlo backtracked on his comments after initially saying he would face Canelo. Alvarez then ruled out Crawford, while Benavidez’s promoter accused the Mexican of not wanting to fight. That has left fans uncertain over Canelo’s next fight, but Chavez Sr. defended the undisputed champion.

Chavez Sr. Defends Canelo For Ducking Benavidez - 'I Can’t Speak Badly Of Canelo'
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Chavez On Canelo

“Whoever it is going to be is a good opponent for Saul. Well, I don’t know if he’s running from Benavidez. He doesn’t run from any fighter. They’re just stages. Sooner or later, they’re going to fight with Benavidez, and it’s a fight that everybody wants to see. But it’s not up to me. It’s up to Saul. What Canelo has done is incredible.

“The truth is, I can’t speak badly of Canelo because he’s been very respectful towards me. He’s earned everything he’s gotten fairly. He has the right to fight whoever he wants. In other words, it’s up to the organizations to decide to adjust it if they want if there’s an official challenger as they are required to, but everything depends on him,” Chavez said 

The other American opponent outside those three names could be Edgar Berlanga. The super middleweight is preparing to take on Padraig McCrory on Saturday. Berlanga has a record of 21-0, which includes 16 knockouts. He has already earmarked a fight with Canelo, provided that he comes through with an impressive performance. The 168-pounder fights on DAZN, something which Alvarez has done, making it possible to make a fight. 

Berlanga On Canelo

“I got to really perform my a** off in this fight. I’ve got to make a statement. I’ve got to do my thing in this fight and really look phenomenal, and I feel that right there should be an opener for a fight with Canelo in 2024. I know he [Canelo] has all the titles, but I’m young. One thing I have is an Island behind me. I got Puerto Rico. So, I think it’s based on how I look in my next fight [against 35-year-old Padraig McCrory]. I’m looking forward to dominating this dude, beating him up, and doing my thing, and eventually, that’ll open up doors for us in 2024 against Canelo Alvarez,” Berlanga said 

But with May fast approaching, Canelo’s announcement cannot come soon enough. With Benavidez set to be named as the official mandatory in March, Alvarez has lots of thinking to do over his next steps. 

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