Morrell Claims Canelo Is Avoiding A Bout With Benavidez

December 17, 2023
2 months
Morrell Claims Canelo Is Avoiding A Bout With Benavidez

David Morrell Jr. has questioned whether Canelo Alvarez will fight David Benavidez in the future.

Alvarez is a four-division champion and is the current undisputed super middleweight champion. His last fight was a unanimous decision win over Jermell Charlo in a one-sided fight. But since Charlo jumped up two weight classes from 154 pounds, it was not a fair reflection of his current form. After the fight, there were question marks over whether Canelo would face Benavidez.

The latter is the WBC interim champion, a position he has held for around two years. Benavidez dominated Demetrius Andrade to stop him after the sixth round. The Mexican Monster asked for a Canelo fight as soon as possible, with Cinco De Mayo or Mexican Independence being the two dates mentioned. Alvarez remained coy about who he would face after stating that he was the ‘king’ of the division, giving him the right to call the shots. Morrell felt the Mexican was not willing to take those risks.

Morrell On Canelo

“Why would he wanna put his belts on the line and put his run in the division in peril? F— that! I think he wants to finish his career as what he is right now, someone who is undisputed in more than one weight. So, you know, I don’t think that Canelo is willing to take those risks against someone like Benavidez. For me, I think like the fight with Canelo and Benavidez is 50-50. It’s not 60-40. For me, it’s 50-50, a hundred percent. You know, Benavidez could win, but Canelo could win, too. So, for me, it’s 50-50,” Morrell said 

At the same time, Morrell Jr. is intent on fighting Benavidez himself. The Cuban is a high-risk, low-reward fight since he has no belts. But his record of 10-0 with nine knockouts shows that he is capable of stopping anyone. Before Benavidez faced Andrade, there were reports that he was in talks to fight him.

The fight never got made. In addition, Morrell Jr. has questioned whether Canelo would face him. The Mexican is 33 years old and turned professional at 15. The Mexican has 64 fights under his belts, from welterweight to light heavyweight. Those are some fights that Morrell wants later down the line. His win over Agbeko will help in some way in doing that.

Morrell On Benavidez

“I wanna fight him, a hundred percent. I don’t want anybody else at 168, only Benavidez. If Benavidez goes up to 175, I’ll go up to 175, fight him and come back down to 168. [For Benavidez] to fight me, it’s good money, too, but it’s not the same as to fight Canelo.

“Canelo is 33 years old, next year 34. He didn’t have a good experience with Cuban [fighters]. You remember [Erislandy] Lara, so when he fought Lara he was younger. Now he’s older, so it’s different. Time doesn’t forgive – bottom line,” Morrell stated

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