Benavidez is the current WBC interim champion at super middleweight as he chases an undisputed fight with Canelo Alvarez. The Mexican Monster has spoken about moving to light heavyweight at some point since he has struggled to make 168. If the Canelo fight does not happen, that process could happen faster. Beterbiev also has plans to become undisputed. The WBO, WBC and IBF champion faces Callum Smith on January 13, 2024. Should he win, all eyes will be on making a fight with the WBA champion Dmitry Bivol. He takes on Lyndon Arthur this Saturday for his 11th defense. But looking ahead, Beterbiev was open to facing Benavidez.
“He can move up, no problem. With me? Of course, if he wants this fight, no problem. Now, I’m only thinking about Callum Smith, but now you ask me about some different fighter. I respect the fighters, but I don’t take them seriously like they’re my next opponent. That’s why I’m smiling,” Beterbiev said
Beterbiev will be no pushover. He has stopped all of his opponents, with 19 knockouts. He is 38, though, giving Benavidez a better chance to beat him as father time could catch up. Beterbiev’s performance against Anthony Yarde showed holes in his defense as he was hit flush on the chin on more than one occasion. If Benavidez does the same, the Mexican would fancy his chances. But for now, Benavidez will focus on conquering the 168-pound division.