David Benavidez confident of victory against Canelo Alvarez!
Moments after securing an eleventh-round TKO victory over Ronald “Reckless” Ellis (18-2-2, 12KOs), two-time WBC super middleweight champion David “Red Flag” Benavidez (24-0, 21KOs) declared his readiness for Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Showtime commentator Brian Custer asked Benavidez about Alvarez and his chances against the unified 168-pound champ.
“I definitely feel like I beat Canelo Alvarez and I feel like…right now! I’ll beat Canelo Alvarez. I feel like it would be a great fight for the fans too. At the end of the day, people want to see great fights and fireworks, and that’s what I give.”
Benavidez is a terrific fighter with a new lease on life after the birth of his son. He seems highly motivated to remain at super middleweight and secure fights with the division’s elite. He is also determined to get better and once again become a world champion.
Stylistically, a matchup with Alvarez is tantalizing considering both men’s styles and abilities. Both have knockout power, fast hands and a penchant for throwing monstrous body shots that have wilted many of their previous adversaries. The only thing that seems to be preventing this fight from happening is a lack of a world title around the waist of Benavidez.
While a fight with Alvarez may be a ways away, there are plenty of big fights for him to continue to showcase his skills and explosive power. At the age of 24, the sky seems to be the limit; especially with his new found dedication and focus. Let’s hope a fight with someone on his level is next.
One fight fans are hoping materializes for Benavidez is with WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo. Both guys have recently called one another out. Blessed with tremendous punching power, a fight between the two could provide an early night and either a knockout of the year or fight of the year candidate.
Another is a fight with IBF super middleweight champion Claeb Plant. There is a on-going heated rivalry there and given the style match-up, that fight would be entertaining. However, Plant has made it public he will be pursuing Canelo next if he gets passed Billy Joe Saunders on May 8. He also mentioned since Benavidez does not have a title, that fight is no longer inticing.
3kingsboxing.com will continue to monitor the happenings regarding David Benavidez and his next fight. He stated he would like to return to the ring in either August or September.
By: Jerrell Fletcher