Canelo’s Team Denies Benavidez Guarantee; Benavidez Eyes 175 Move If Fight Fails

Canelo Alvarez has been offered a $55 million guarantee to fight David Benavidez.

That is according to Benavidez’s promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz. The alleged offer is for a Cinco de Mayo Weekend fight, giving Alvarez an ultimatum over the Benavidez fight. Benavidez is the WBC Super Middleweight Interim Champion, and the mandatory will be ordered in March, leaving Canelo with a decision to make.

Alvarez announced his next opponent was an American, but so far, fans are still determining who that could be. Jermall Charlo and Terence Crawford have been dismissed. PBC is unwilling to give Alvarez a $35 million guarantee for Charlo.

Canelo dismissed Crawford, saying he would get no credit for a win against a 147 fighter. That left Benavidez with an outside chance of getting the fight since he is American, even with his Mexican background. However, Canelo’s trainer, Eddie Reynoso, has rejected reports of a $55 million guarantee.

Benavidez is the biggest threat to Canelo’s undisputed title, but that fight is unlikely. Canelo could face Jaime Munguia instead since an all-Mexican clash would sell on Cinco De Mayo Weekend against an undefeated fighter. Since PBC is willing to offer Alvarez a $35 million guarantee for Munguia, Benavidez is out of the picture.

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The Mexican Monster will then move up to light heavyweight. Reports indicate Benavidez will face Oleksandr Gvozdyk for the WBC Interim Light Heavyweight Title in the summer. A victory puts Benavidez in a mandatory position for the winner of Dmitry Bivol vs Artur Beterbiev, who both fight for undisputed on June 1.

Boxing fans were disappointed at the prospect of missing out on Canelo vs Benavidez.


Artur BeterbievCanelo AlvarezDavid BenavidezDmitry BivolEddie ReynosoJaime MunguiaJermall CharloOleksandr GvozdykSampson LewkowiczTerence Crawford