David Benavidez is tired of Jermall Charlo’s trash talk
There is no question that lately WBC World Middleweight champion Jermall “Hit Man” Charlo (31-0, 22 KO’s) has been falling under serious scrutiny. The Hit Man failing to make the biggest fights possible is the main impetus pushing this new wave of dissatisfaction. For example, the boxing world as whole let out a collective groan upon hearing that Charlo’s next opponent was going to be Juan Macias Montiel (22-4-2, 22 KO’s). Sure, he has twenty-two wins and twenty-two knockouts, but in the immortal words of Roger Mayweather, “who he beat?!”
Montiel’s biggest win to date came in his last fight when he knocked out James Kirkland. The trouble with this is the fact that Kirkland has not looked good in years. Therefore, only but so much credit can be given for that scalp at the time that it was collected. Past his dreary resume, few in the boxing world are even all that familiar with Montiel, and that is largely because he has not been involved in any meaningful bouts! So when the fans gripe about Charlo’s level of opposition, he does himself zero favors by selecting this caliber of opponent. Yet, make no mistake, it is not just the fans who are displeased with Charlo!
For a good clip of time, it was looking like a major fight was brewing between Charlo and former WBC World Super Middleweight champion David “Red Flag” Benavidez (24-0, 21 KO’s). When the social media feud began, both men displayed a great deal of interest in the showdown. Even better, neither said that the difference in weight would be an issue. In fact, Charlo boldly declared that he would be happy to spank Red Flag in his own 168-pound division. Sadly, as the bout became a very realistic possibility, Charlo changed his tune in an awful hurry.
ALL TALK AND NO ACTION!
While conducting a recent interview with Fight Hub TV, Benavidez went a bit more in depth regarding his feelings about Charlo.
“That dude, all he fucking does is run his fucking mouth talking hella shit! But when it’s time to really make these fights happen, and it’s easy to make, we can make them happen easy, it seems like he always has a run-around. He didn’t only do it to me, he did it [Demetrius] Andrade, he did it to Daniel Jacobs. You know, I feel like his ego is too big and he thinks he is better than he actually is. Man we could have made this fight happen in September. That would have been a great fight for boxing too.”
“…This guy has been talking shit for like three months saying he will knock me out, that I’m a little kid, but then he says he needs me to be vaccinated. All in all, he is not going up to 168 no more. He is going to stay at 160, so he is just talking a bunch of shit. It’s disappointing seeing him take that fight with the other guy, I wish we could have fought in September. We would have made more money together and we possibly could have been a pay-per-view fight. So I was ready to make the fight happen and I thought it was going to get made, but I guess not.”
“…It looked like it was going to happen when he came out with that interview saying he’ll knock me out, that I get hit too much and I’m a little kid. I was watching that and was like, ‘oh shit, we’re about to make this fight happen!’ But I don’t know, I never heard nothing else bedsides that. I just hear a whole lot of bullshit on Instagram, him talking shit. That’s the only thing that comes out of his mouth!”
DOLLAR MENU OVER STEAK
Admittedly, it is rather tiresome to continually hear Jermall Charlo scream from the mountain tops that he is best only to turn around and face lesser opposition. As Benavidez pointed out, the fight with WBO World Middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade is still available. Not only is that a great fight, it is a unification bout. Charlo would not have to leave his weight division to make it a reality.
Clearly the dustup with Benavidez has not been taken off the table. Also, if push comes to shove, the bout with Jacobs is still there. Every one of those fights is lightyears better than Montiel. So let’s just hope that following this rather meaningless prizefight that Charlo stages on June 19, he steps his competition up in a major way!
By: Bakari Simpson