Benavidez May Move Up To 175 To Face Bivol If He Can’t Get Canelo

David Benavidez has targeted Dmitry Bivol in a fight at 175 in case a Canelo Alvarez fight fails.

Benavidez is the current WBC interim super middleweight champion after having stopped Demetrius Andrade to give the latter the first loss of his career. The impressive manner of the win spoke volumes, with Andrade failing to offer much resistance once he hit the canvas in round four following Benavidez’s right hand. Thereafter, Andrade’s team threw in the towel after round six as the attention turned towards Canelo.

Alvarez is the current undisputed super middleweight champion, who is coming off a win over Jermell Charlo. So, with Alvarez and Benavidez being under the PBC banner, a fight could be made. Nevertheless, an alternative move up to 175 is being considered, with Bivol’s WBA light heavyweight title being the focus.

“I feel that once I move up to 175, I’ll have to see how I feel, but I’ll definitely come back down. The Dmitry Bivol fight is a great fight because I sparred him before. I’m not trying to discredit Dmitry Bivol, but I know what can be done in that fight. He’s a great, great fighter. These are the types of chances I want to take in my career. I just want to be the best, and I know I’m going to accomplish that,” Benavidez said

In reality, a move up to 175 may rule out a Canelo fight since it would be extremely difficult for the Mexican Monster to then make 168. After all, Benavidez is already a large 168-pounder. But with Benavidez being the official mandatory, the onus is on Canelo to make the fight. So will it happen?

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