David Morrell Denies Receiving An Offer To Fight Benavidez

December 12, 2023
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David Morrell Denies Receiving An Offer To Fight Benavidez

David Morrell Jr. has denied suggestions that Jose Benavidez Sr. had sent him an offer to fight David Benavidez.

Morrell Jr. is currently preparing to face Sena Agbeko on December 16th, 2023, which will be Showtime’s final card of the year. The Cuban has the chance to make a statement on the biggest stage. His record is 9-0, with eight wins coming through knockout.

Much like Benavidez, he is an undefeated fighter who is heavy-handed. Before Benavidez faced and stopped Demetrius Andrade, there were reports that the Mexican Monster was in talks with Morrell Jr. The latter has denied that to be the case, dismissing suggestions that an offer had been made.

Morrell Jr. On Benavidez

“Every time, it’s an excuse. I understand you want to fight Canelo for big money, and Canelo has the belts. Bro, don’t like like you’re the best, and everybody fears you. You didn’t fight me. For this, it makes me angry. You’re talking s***. It’s all for the people.

“Blah-blah-blah. It’s for show. Benavidez says if he doesn’t fight Canelo this year, he’s going to go to 175. I’m going to follow you, too. I want to fight him. That’s it. I never say no. ‘You want to fight?’ ‘Let’s go,” Morrell Jr. said

In addition, Morrell Jr. also downplayed the significance of Benavidez’s win over Andrade. Before the fight, Andrade was an undefeated two-weight world champion. The boxer was also a southpaw, giving Benavidez potential troubles with his unorthodox style and awkward angles.

While that may have been the case, Andrade’s success did come at 154 and 160. Therefore, there were question marks over whether he could handle Benavidez’s power at 168. The answer was the negative, as Andrade’s team would throw in the towel after round six. Despite fighting a big name after facing the former IBF champion Caleb Plant, Morrell Jr. was not impressed.

Morrell Jr. On Andrade

“Not impressed me. 100%. Andrade is an old man. In his last fight, he didn’t look good [against journeyman Demond Nicholson]. Andrade is 154. You know Andrade is easy for you. I’m only four years as a pro. My name is the big name at 168. You need ten names for the big name. Who are you fighting? Caleb Plant and Andrade. Give me one big name that you’re fighting. Hell, no, I’m ready. Everybody knows I’m ready,” Morrell Jr.

Nevertheless, Benavidez’s immediate focus appears to be Canelo Alvarez. Benavidez is the current WBC interim champion, putting him in a position to fight Canelo on Cinco de Mayo weekend or Mexican Independence Day.

A victory makes Benavidez the king at 168 and the face of boxing. That understandably takes precedence over a Morrell Jr. fight. Benavidez has been the WBC mandatory for around two years. But a bout with Morrell Jr. could play out if the Canelo fight is not made.

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