The Mexican Monster increased the calls for him to fight Canelo after he stopped Demetrius Andrade in emphatic fashion. The WBC interim champion dominated the fight as Andrade’s team threw in the towel after round six. The win meant that Benavidez has been the WBC mandatory for around two years as the calls for a fight on Cinco de Mayo weekend with Canelo gathered pace. Although that appears to be a possibility, Sulaiman stopped short of confirming if the mandatory would be called by stating that the WBC would not rush things.
“This is a great fight. Both fighters are committed and ready and we will just play it by ear and administer the process correctly. I’m sure that will be best for everyone. We’re going to let Benavidez come back from his vacation. We’re going to address this matter with the responsibility and importance that it has.
“Major fights… big, big fights require specific situations to ensure that the fighters get what they deserve. We’re not going to push this to break it, we’re going to pull the sides together to try to make it into the best scenario for everyone,” Sulaiman said
Nevertheless, Benavidez has made it clear that he is ready to fight. Once the WBC orders the fight, both boxers would have 90 days to agree terms. And in the meantime, the boxer is going to stay in the gym to prevent himself from ballooning up in weight, which would give Alvarez a way to get out of the fight. And since Benavidez has spoken about moving up to light heavyweight moving forward, a Canelo fight at 168 was the immediate priority.
“Right now, it’s in my smartest interests that I stay close to the weight and stay training. As much as he’s going to try to wait me out, it’s not going to work. I’m going to be ready for whenever that opportunity comes,” Benavidez stated