David Benavidez Willing to Take Less to Make the Andrade Fight
When Saul “Canelo” Alvarez announced his two-fight with DAZN, super middleweight boxer David “Red Flag” Benavidez (25-0, 22 KO’s) lost out on a big opportunity. That is because Alvarez, the undisputed super middleweight champion, was also presented with a two-fight deal to duel with Benavidez and WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo. Naturally, Red Flag, who is ranked #1 (WBC) and #2 (WBO), would have loved a shot at the redhead.
Despite missing out on the Canelo clash, Benavidez is not looking for some bridge to fling himself off of. Rather than pining over the Mexican, the former two-time WBC 168-pound champion is busying himself trying to secure other meaningful bouts. One such bout would pit him against the current WBO middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (31-0, 19 KO’s). While still at 160 for the moment, there is every indication that Andrade will be moving up very soon.
I JUST WANT OPPORTUNITIES!
As they are two top fighters of the day, there is little surprise that a Benavidez versus Andrade dustup has been widely discussed. There was even a bit of controversy when it was stated by Sampson Lewkowicz, Benavidez’s promoter, that it would take well over seven million dollars to get Red Flag in the ring with Boo Boo.
Being the competitor that he is though, Benavidez was quick to shoot this notion down. Now, in a recent interview with Fight Hype, he has doubled-down on his willingness to wage war with Andrade.
“I don’t think I’m getting anywhere close to that. Like I said, it’s just talks. I would take less than seven million to fight Boo Boo Andrade. I’d take way less than seven million!”
SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE
Reg Flag is well aware of the fact one has to “give before they can get” and so he has no problem putting in his fair share of work.
“Just to get up there and get the fights that I want because I know once I get those opportunities, you got to take a little bit less to shine. And I know I will definitely shine, I know I can stop Andrade. But it will be a good fight, it will be a good fight for boxing. He needs a fight, I need a fight, so it makes sense on both sides!”
Let’s hope that these cooler heads continue to lead the charge until this fantastic match is a reality!
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By: Bakari Simpson