David Benavidez: “I Want The Title! Canelo Needs To Fight Me Or Vacate!”

David Benavidez Wants An Opportunity At Winning A Title From Canelo Alvarez

Canelo Alvarez returns a stare from David Benavidez while sitting with his titles
David Benavidez (left), Saul "Canelo" Alvarez

David Benavidez Wants An Opportunity At Winning A Title From Canelo Alvarez

Two-time super middleweight champion David “Red Flag” Benavidez (25-0, 22ko) is not letting up on wanting to fight undisputed middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (57-1-2, 39ko). Moreover, he believes that Alvarez should relinquish the title if he has no intentions of fighting him.

When the WBC granted Alvarez special permission to challenge WBC Cruiserweight champion Ilunga Junior Makabu, it also arranged for Benavidez to fight former middleweight champion David Lemieux for the interim title.

Red Flag has been turning the heat up on wanting to fight Alvarez lately. He once suggested moving up to light heavyweight, and fighting for the title, in case Alvarez decides to make another pitstop in that division.

“I have been thinking about that lately. So maybe we probably do that, too. But, we got to sit around and see what the best option is and go with that. If it’s 175, then fuck it, we’ll go up to 75.”


The number one thing fans will say when they know a fighter is dangerous is, “who has he beat” or “what has he done to earn a shot at so-and-so?” It is no different for Red Flag, and he addressed that complaint during an interview with Calling Russ Anber .

“I feel like he [Canelo] has yet to face somebody like me at the super middleweight division. You know fast, strong, young, can throw body shots, punches in bunches. I feel like I can give him the best fight. I feel like I can beat Canelo 100%.

I need my opportunity. So it kinds of like frustrates me when everybody is coming out saying I haven’t fought nobody, I never fought on pay-per-view, I’m nobody.”

The two-time champion made it clear that despite what people are saying, he has been ranked number one by the WBC over his last three fights. Furthermore, he made it clear that he is not going anywhere and Canelo should fight him or vacate.

“If he’s going to be at 168, he has to fight me. Or, if he’s not going to be at 168, then vacate all the titles.”

“My main focus is the titles. So, if he’s not going to fight me, he has to vacate the titles and let me fight for the title.”

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By: Garrisson Bland

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Garrisson Bland - Head of Public Relations/Senior Journalist. Garrisson is the Head of Public relations for 3kingsboxing.com as well as a senior writer. He is also the host of YouTube boxing show "Truth And Facts Sports Talk."