David Benavidez: “I Am Going To End Up Fighting Canelo Soon!”

David Benavidez is confident he will fight Canelo soon

David Benavidez (left), Saul "Canelo" Alvarez
David Benavidez (left), Saul "Canelo" Alvarez

David Benavidez is confident he will fight Canelo soon

As the current face of boxing, there is no real surprise why so many fighters want to dance with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KO’s). Without question, a bout with the WBA Super and WBC World Super Middleweight champion would come attached to a large check. The showdown would also be submerged in a great deal of hype and promotion. Just like so many others, David “Red Flag” Benavidez (23-0, 20 KO’s) also wants this crack at the redhead.

Truth be known, Benavidez should already officially be on the short list of Alvarez’s next few opponents. The only reason that he is not is because he lost his WBC Super Middleweight belt on the scales in his last outing. The situation is doubly disappointing because many feel that Red Flag represents the Mexican’s toughest assignment at 168. There is no doubt that Benavidez is disappointed, but he is not wasting his days away weeping into his morning Cheerios.


Rather than getting all bent out of shape, Benavidez has outlined a plan of action. In the Arizonan’s mind he is roughly three bouts away from a dustup with Canelo. First he must topple Ronald “Akeem” Ellis (18-1-2, 12 KO’s) on March 13. Provided he is successful, Red Flag will then target WBC world middleweight champion Jermall “Hit Man” Charlo (31-0, 22 KO’s). Each fighter has publicly shown interest and both reside under the PBC banner. Therefore, making this prizefight should not require the moving of heaven and earth.

The last object on this hitlist is to finally take out his divisional rival IBF World Super Middleweight champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant (21-0, 12 KO’s). If this sequence of fights transpired as Benavidez wants, it would be very impressive. So much so that Red Flag, as told to Barbershop Conversations, believes that pressure from the public would force the redhead into an in-ring duel.

“I don’t think that he [Canelo] is avoiding me, I think he is trying to take out the weaker competition first…in my opinion, that’s how it is. I feel like the fans, eventually they’re going to call for that fight so much that eventually I am going to end up fighting Canelo soon!”

“…like if I get a fight with Charlo, I beat Charlo. If I get a fight with Plant, I beat Plant. If I beat those two fighters alone, nobody else is going to want to see no other fight between Canelo and anybody else until I get that fight. So that’s the plan right now, beating those two guys and then I am going to have to get that fight! There is no way around that fight, and if I beat those two guys then Canelo has to fight me!”

By: Bakari Simpson

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