Benavidez and Andrade will face each other on November 25th, 2023, with the winner being the mandatory for Alvarez. Benavidez enters the fight with a unanimous-decision win over Caleb Plant, while Andrade’s last fight was a victory over Demond Nicholson. The winner will likely face Alvarez for the undisputed title, which could take place next year on Cinco De Mayo weekend or Mexican Independence Day.
Therefore, boxing fans will see that play out unless Alvarez vacates after suggestions that he was ducking Benavidez. At the same time, Alvarez has not fought Andrade despite being linked with a fight over the years. The former recently beat Jermell Charlo via a unanimous decision. However, the performance did not give too much into Canelo’s form, given that he was fighting someone who had jumped up two weight classes. But moving forward, Hearn expected Benavidez and Andrade as the main threat.
“So the answer is, ‘Who could beat Canelo?’ I think Benavidez gives him a good fight. I just feel Demetrius at 168 can’t necessarily stand up to the firepower, but we’ll see coming up,” Hearn stated
In the co-main event, Jermall Charlo has his first fight in over two years against Jose Benavidez Jr. The WBC middleweight champion has been battling mental health struggles, but a fight against a junior middleweight will put the pressure on Charlo to perform. A win for Charlo would put him in a position to target fights against Plant, Benavidez or Andrade. As for Benavidez Jr, the boxer is on a mixed run of form. The fighter has two wins out of his last four fights.
If you want to watch Benavidez vs Andrade this weekend in the US it will cost you $75, outside the US in select markets you can watch it on FIGHT SPORTS & FIGHT SPORTS MAX in the following territories.
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