Benavidez’s last bout was against Caleb Plant in March as he beat the former IBF super-middleweight champion via a unanimous decision. That made the ‘Mexican Monster’ the WBC mandatory for Canelo Alvarez. However, the undisputed champion chose to face Jermell Charlo instead, as they will fight on September 30th, 2023.
In contrast, Andrade is a two-weight world champion at 154 and 160 pounds. His IQ has often been credited for making him a dangerous fighter, but in Benavidez, he will have to overcome a much bigger fighter. Andrade’s last fight was a unanimous-decision victory over Demond Nicholson in January. And with both fighters being undefeated, there is plenty on the line. A victory will put the winner in line for a mandatory shot against Canelo.