Jose Benavidez Sr. Prefers Canelo Over Morrell For Benavidez’s Next Fight

November 27, 2023
8 months
Jose Benavidez Sr. Prefers Canelo Over Morrell For Benavidez's Next Fight

Jose Benavidez Jr. has dismissed the idea of David Benavidez fighting David Morrell Jr. next.

The news follows in the aftermath of Benavidez’s win over Demetrius Andrade after he stopped the American to retain his WBC super middleweight interim belt. The victory put the Mexican Monster as the official mandatory for Canelo Alvarez’s undisputed title after the WBC confirmed the mandatory position at their 61st Convention. Therefore, Alvarez would either have to vacate or face Benavidez in an all-Mexican clash that the boxing fans have long been waiting for. As such, any chance of a Morrell Jr. fight happening next has been ruled out.

No Morrell Jr.

“I don’t care [who is next]. We’re going to continue looking for the biggest fights. If it [Canelo fight] happens, it happens. If not, David is only 26 years old, and we got to stay busy. That’s all we’re thinking about. If he wants to be remembered as the greatest and make history, he has to face David. That’s the fight they [fans] want to see. We want to fight nothing but the best. Boo Boo was a great fighter. I don’t even want to talk about David Morrell. We’ll fight him, don’t get me wrong. Who has he fought? Morrell, who is he fighting? He’s not at that level. I think David will knock him out,” Benavidez Sr. said

Those comments were also consistent with what Benavidez had stated himself following the Andrade victory. The Mexican Monster overcame a tricky start to dominate Andrade by dropping him in round four with a huge right hand. Thereafter, the latter never looked the same as Benavidez’s power simply proved too much for Andrade.

‘Boo Boo’ was expected to put on a better performance, given that he is a two-weight world champion who did start the fight well by boxing around Benavidez and landing numerous left-hands, even if they did not do any significant damage. But ultimately, before the fight, there was talk of a Canelo fight happening on Cinco de Mayo Weekend or Mexican Independence Day. And Benavidez’s victory has made it one step closer to happening.

Benavidez Wants Canelo

 “I think I just [solidified] myself as, you know, the dominant performer that I am and I think it was a reminder to let everyone know who the f— the real champ is at 168. They want to see me vs. Canelo and that’s what we want too. I’m the youngest super middleweight champion of the world, three-time world champion, now just give me the fight that we all want to see. Who wants to see David Benavidez vs. Canelo? Let’s get it,” Benavidez stated

Despite this being the case, it is ultimately a case of whether Canelo is looking to take on Benavidez. The fighter is already a four-division champion, and following the Jermell Charlo win, he refused to confirm if Benavidez would be next. But now that the mandatory postion is clear, Alvarez would be accused of ducking if he avoided Benavidez. And there is no getting away from that.

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