Benavidez Eyes 175: “I’m Frustrated At 168; Guys Don’t Want To Fight!”

David Benavidez Thinking about Moving to 175

David Benavidez gets his gloves tied
David Benavidez gets his gloves tied | Credit: Esther Lin/Showtime

David Benavidez May Jump to 175 Due to Fight Drought at 168


There is no question that two-time WBC super middleweight champion David “Red Flag” Benavidez (26-0, 23 KO’s) has constantly called for the bigger fights. The decorated pugilist is on record vigorously calling out undisputed champion Saul Alvarez, WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo, former 168-pound champion Caleb Plant, WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade and Regular WBA 168-pound champion David Morrell.

Despite his vigor and consistency, he has been unfruitful in securing any of these fights. Currently, Red Flag is still trying to pen his next bout. Yet, given his frustration, its unsurprising to hear that Benavidez is seriously thinking about staging an exodus from the division. In a recent interview with Fight Hype, the accomplished fighter delved into greater detail.

FRUSTRATION AT MAX!

“Yeah, I think that’s the move [up to light heavyweight] because I’ve been trying to make these fights happen. With Caleb Plant, he’s fighting Anthony Dirrell now. Fucking David Morrell was talking all that shit and now he don’t want to fight. He was saying that he is going to take the fight next but now Ronny Shields is saying that he doesn’t want to rush into a fight with me. So I am getting very frustrated bro, I just want to give the fans the best fights possible. I feel like I’ve earned it, to get these big fights. I’ve done everything possible; I’m a two-time world champion, I just won an interim belt, so I got three belts man, I’ve done everything!”

“[…] it’s not even politics, it’s nothing to do to politics bro, it’s just these guys don’t want to fight. They try to talk all that shit and make it seem like they’re the toughest guys out, but when it’s time to sign the contract, they are nowhere to be found […] what else am I gonna say? I call them bitches in the after-fight interview. I call them bitches, pussies what else can I do? Do I got to run up on them in person? I don’t know what else to do!”

On the one hand, it would be truly sad if Benavidez does get out of the super middleweight division without those fights being realized. At the same time, if no one is willing to step up, then it’s only a waste of everyone’s time for him to remain there. Ideally, one of these major fighters that he has sought out will have a change of heart quickly. If not, let’s hope that Benavidez makes that move and is able to sign a big fight very soon.

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