The ‘Mexican Monster’ is the current WBC interim champion at 168, as he aims to force his way to a title shot. While that may be the case, Alvarez has shown a reluctance to fight him. Despite being linked with the Benavidez fight, Alvarez chose to face Jermell Charlo instead.
The latter is a 154-pounder who will move up two weight classes in an attempt to become undisputed at a second weight class. But given that the Mexican is the massive favorite against someone who has never fought above 154, Benavidez has understandably been left frustrated. And yet, the super middleweight is biding his time in order to get that fight eventually when it comes.
“It kind of feels like it’s sailing away, but if they don’t want to make the fight happen, there’s nothing I can do in my power to force the fight with them.
“I’ve been the #1 with the WBC for one of the belts that he has for the past three years. I keep hollering and doing this stuff, but the stuff seems kind of wack to me. So, for me, I’m just going to keep winning. If the fight happens, we’re going to let it happen organically, but I’m going to keep beating people in front of me until there’s nowhere for him to hide. “Me and Canelo? I beat him. I definitely beat him. I feel like I have the tools necessary to hurt him. I’m not going to say that I stop him,” Benavidez said
Nevertheless, Benavidez is a big 168-pounder. And as part of that process, he has spoken previously about moving up to 175. Therefore, the time to face Canelo may be running out. And since Alvarez is entering into the latter parts of his career at the age of 33, the Mexican may not want to take on too many challenges, leaving Benavidez with other opportunities to explore.