Benavidez Refused To Fight Crawford At 160

David Benavidez rejected the Terence Crawford fight.

Benavidez claimed the Saudis were keen to make the fight at middleweight. That would have required Benavidez to drop down a single weight class from 168, with Crawford moving up two weight divisions from 147. The fight could have been an alternative to a Canelo Alvarez bout. Alvarez wanted $150-200 million for the Benavidez fight, thus pricing himself out. Canelo also ruled out fighting Crawford, saying he would get no credit for beating a 147 fighter. But a Crawford-Benavidez fight was unlikely since The Mexican Monster had not made 160 for so long.

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“They had wanted me to fight in August. I told them, ‘I’m with PBC. We got this big card [on June 15th].’ So, I think that was just the conversation of opening the doors that this might be a reality that we could make this happen. We never got to that point. He did mention to me one fighter. He wanted me to go down to 160 and fight Crawford. I said, ‘Bro, I cannot do that.’ If I was able to make 160, that would be amazing, but I can’t. I don’t remember the last time I weighed 160. I would love to share the ring with him but not at 160,” Benavidez said 

Benavidez will box Oleksandr Gvozdyk in a WBC Light Heavyweight Interim Tile clash on June 15. A win makes him mandatory for Artur Beterbiev or Dimitry Bivol. They face off on June 1 for the Undisputed Light Heavyweight Championship. The boxing rules stop fighters from having belts in different weight classes. It appears Benavidez will stay at 175.

“After this fight [Oleksandr Gvozdyk], the victory is going to put me as the #1 contender for the winner of that [Bivol vs. Beterbiev], and that’s what we’re going for. Right now. we’re 100% focused on Oleksandr. He’s a great fighter. We’re not overlooking him. We’re going to take care of him and it’s on to the next,” Benavidez stated


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