Ronnie Shields, Morrell’s Trainer, Targets Canelo Fight

December 18, 2023
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Ronnie Shields, Morrell's Trainer, Targets Canelo Fight

Ronnie Shields, David Morrell Jr’s trainer, wants his fighter to take on Canelo Alvarez.

Those comments arrive after Morrell stopped Sena Agbeko to secure his tenth win. His record stands at 10-0, with 9 KOs. Before the fight, Morrell expressed his desire to face David Benavidez. The Mexican Monster appears to have his eyes on Canleo or Jermall Charlo, if Alvarez does not get in the ring.

That is understandable since Canelo offers Benavidez the chance to become undisputed. And since he is the WBC interim champion at super middleweight, that is the natural course of action. But now Morrell’s trainer has indicated his wish for Morrell to face Alvarez.

Morrell Vs. Canelo

“My job is to prepare him for whoever they put in the ring with him. Not just Benavidez. What about Canelo? Canelo is there. David Morrell has done two or three mandatories for Canelo. Come on, man. When is he going to get his opportunity? I don’t know. Styles make fights. Canelo has that style that is really difficult to penetrate sometimes, but Benavidez is a busy guy, and so is David [Morrell]. I don’t know. I really truly don’t know which fight would be the tougher fight,” Shields said 

A fight between Canelo and Benavidez is more likely than Morrell. Benavidez has been in the mandatory position for around two years, and the boxing fanbase has demanded that fight for some years. In addition, Morrell is a difficult fight. If Canelo suffered a loss, it would be a significant negative on his record since Morrell is inexperienced.

With only ten fights and no belts to his name, Morrell must build up his resume before he can command those fights. Fight against Caleb Plant and Demetrius Andrade may go some way to doing that.
In addition, Morrell faces competition from other fighters who want to face Alvarez. Jaime Munguia has been mentioned as an opponent.

Munguia Vs. Canelo

He is an undefeated Mexican fighter who has fought twice at 168, which makes sense from a commercial point of view. The fight could sell, with Cinco De Mayo and Mexican Independence Day coming up. That may appease boxing fans if the Benavidez fight was then held in the summer. Former WBC junior middleweight champion Sergio Mora was not against such a fight.

“I have no problem with that. Munguia, they’ve been holding him off for a Canelo fight. It’s time to cash in if you’re Golden Boy Promotions and Munguia, the performance he put in against Sergiy Derevyanchenko, a ‘Fight of the Year, and another potential ‘Fight of the Year’ with John Ryder coming up. If he gets past that, I think he deserves a cash out against Canelo. Why not?” Mora stated 

Canelo is a fighter in demand, with boxers knowing that a fight against him will secure a career-high payday. But to get a fight, Alvarez must decide since he does call the shots, given he is undisputed.

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