Benavidez Rules Out Morrell Jr. And Canelo As He Eyes Munguia

David Benavidez has rejected reports that he has agreed to fight David Morrell Jr.

The ‘Mexican Monster’s’ comments conflict with the words of his promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz.

The latter had confirmed that the two fighters had agreed in principle to fight in October or November.

“We have an agreement. This is the plan. We are with the same network. It’s easy to get an agreement. I strongly believe it will be more competitive than it would be with Canelo Alvarez.

“I believe Canelo wouldn’t go past six rounds with Benavidez, and with Morrell,” Lewkowicz

However, since those initial comments, Benavidez’s father, Jose Benavidez Sr, has expressed the desire for his son to sidestep Morrell Jr. and face either Jaime Munguia or Dmitry Bivol.

That should not come as a surprise, as a win over Morrell Jr. is to be expected, as Benavidez would be a favorite.

Meanwhile, victories over an undefeated fellow Mexican in Munguia, as well as a win over Bivol at 175, something which Canelo Alvarez couldn’t do, would boost Benavidez’s career. 

And by the looks of it, Benavidez wants Munguia next. 

“There’s no fight when we’re all lined up. I just seen that yesterday that supposedly they said I agreed to the fight. I’m like, ‘man, I bet this is my first time seeing about it.’

“We’re not fighting Morrell. Everything has been coming out that saying that we agreed to the fight. I haven’t even seen anything. I didn’t agree to anything. I’m trying to make the big fights happen right now. 

“We’re trying to look. We want to fight Jaime Munguia. He came up to 168. I think that would be a great fight. Two big names, but if we can’t get him, we’ll probably do Morrell. “There’s a lot of fake news out there. If it doesn’t come from me, it’s not official,” Benavidez

Facing a fellow Mexican is understandable since Benavdiez’s attempts to fight Canelo have been unsuccessful.

Alvarez infamously claimed that he didn’t want to fight Mexicans when he was linked with fighting Benavidez. 

This fueled suggestions that Canelo was ducking Benavidez, which has only been heightened after his failure to respond to a reported offer of a fight. 

“I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t like to disrespect fighters…but they (Canelo’s team) didn’t even reply to the offer (that Benavidez’ team sent). He don’t want to fight me.

“He’d rather negotiate with somebody who hasn’t fought in three (actually two) years. No disrespect to Charlo, but he still hasn’t fought in three years. He’s going to have ring rust,” Benavidez

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