Mosley Picks Benavidez To Beat Canelo – ‘David Has The Edge’

December 30, 2023
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Mosley Picks Benavidez To Beat Canelo - 'David Has The Edge'

Shane Mosley has backed David Benavidez to be too powerful for Canelo Alvarez.

The Mexican Monster has been waiting patiently as the WBC interim champion hopes for the mandatory to be called. He has beaten the other big names in the division outside of Canelo. Wins over Caleb Plant and Demetrius Andrade have strengthened the calls for him to face Alvarez. Fight dates for Cinco De Mayo and Mexican Independence Day remain possible.

So far, no negotiations have officially begun, leaving Benavidez with options to consider. He could move up to 175 pounds to take on big names such as Dmitry Bivol and Artur Beterbiev, who have welcomed the idea of him moving up. But before that can happen, Benavidez is focused on winning all the belts at 168. His record stands at 28-0 with 24 KOs. That is why Mosley expects him to overpower Canelo if they face off.

Mosley Picks Benavidez

“Canelo is very fast; he has good power and good ring IQ. It’s going to make for a great fight. I still think David [Benavidez] might be a little too big for him. He’s too tall, and his arms are too long. That might be a problem. It seemed like it was a problem when Canelo fought Bivol,” Mosley said 

Comparisons have been made with Dmitry Bivol’s win over Alvarez. The WBA light heavyweight champion managed to overpower and outbox Canelo, pushing him on the back foot. But following the loss, Alvarez disclosed a hand injury that hampered his performance. He underwent surgery but failed to get a rematch to avenge the loss.

Alvarez has, therefore, been focusing on his undisputed reign at 168. He rejected the chance to fight Bivol at super middleweight in the rematch, given that a loss would remove Canelo’s standing as the A-side. A defeat against Benavidez would do the same, leaving him with no alternative but to consider retirement. He is a four-division champion with nothing else to prove in the sport. At 33, Canelo has been fighting since he turned professional at 15. But if Canelo does come out with a win, Mosley expects the winner to move up.

Benavidez’s Future

“I still feel that’ll be a good fight, and whoever wins because I think David [Benavidez] will probably win. Then them two will fight, David and Bivol, and then the other light heavyweight, Beterbiev. I think David has the edge, but I’m not counting Canelo out,” Mosley said 

Benavidez is in the running for ‘Fighter of the Year,’ but he does have some serious competition. Terence Crawford and Naoya Inoue are the leading candidates. Bud beat Errol Spence Jr. to become the first undisputed welterweight champion of the four-belt era and undisputed champ in a second weight class.

Inoue joined him as a two-weight undisputed champion, beating Marlon Tapales to become undisputed at super bantamweight. But Benavidez is on the right track to becoming a pound-for-pound number-one fighter if he can secure the Alvarez fight and beat him.

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