Andre Ward: Canelo’s Legacy At Risk By Dodging Benavidez

Andre Ward feels Canelo Alvarez’s legacy is at stake if he ducks David Benavidez.

Alvarez is a four-division champion who is the current Undisputed Super Middleweight king. He has beaten several world champions, including Danny Jacobs and GGG. But more has been said over whom he has not fought. Alvarez will take on Jaime Munguia on May 4, an undefeated Mexican.

But Benavidez has been left out of the picture once again. The Mexican Monster has been the WBC Super Middleweight Interim Champion for approximately two years. Both sides have blamed each other for not making the fight. Benavidez’s camp claim they accepted $5 million to make the fight, while Canelo’s side have denied any offers. But unless Canelo faces Benavidez, Ward felt his legacy would be tainted.

“In terms of his resume, you can look at the opponents that he fought, and people say, ‘He fought this name and that name.’ Where did he fight that name when he fought them? He’s 32 and coming off two losses. He’s 35. When he fought Kovalev, Kovalev was cooked. He wasn’t ‘The Krusher,’ he wasn’t the undefeated guy. He had lost that. I’m not knocking the hustle, but you lose me when you start saying, ‘I’m the best fighter in the world.

“You lose me when you don’t fight the best, but you say everybody else has got to fight the best. Canelo is a really good fighter, but you don’t know how good you are until you fight the other best. You shouldn’t fight top guys every fight out. That’s not wise, and that’s not safe,” Ward said

Canelo’s only losses have come against Floyd Mayweather and Dmitry Bivol. Neither of those losses resulted in a rematch, so facing Benavidez may be too risky.

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