Benavidez Says Canelo ‘Needs Me And I Need Him’

David Benavidez has claimed that Canelo Alvarez needs him as much as he does to give boxing fans a legacy-defining fight.

Following the Mexican Monster’s win over Demetrius Andrade, the demand to see the fight with Alvarez has risen. Benavidez is the current WBC interim champion at 168, which puts him as the mandatory for Alvarez after the WBC confirmed as much at their 61st Convention. Although Canelo is a four-division champion, the failure to fight Benavidez would be a sign that the Mexican ducked him. As for Benavidez, a win over Canelo would solidify his status as the best 168-pounder and make him a PPV star. And with Cinco De Mayo Weekend and Mexican Independence Day being possible fight dates for next year, Benavidez was looking to make the fight as soon as possible.

“I knew it would be a difficult fight, but I knew I had enough to beat Demetrius Andrade. Truthfully, I feel the fight between me and Canelo should be in May 2024. We’re ready for this opportunity, and we’ll give the fans what they want. Truthfully, both of us. He needs me, and I need him. He’s a legend in the sport, and I think for me to do what I want to do in Mexican boxing, I need to fight Canelo to get to that level to be a legend in the sport. He Needs Me And I Need Him,” Benavidez

There is a possibility that the pair could have two fights. A first fight on Cinco De Mayo Weekend could be followed up with a rematch on Mexican Independence Day, given that Alvarez does have two fights left on his PBC deal. And since a rematch with Dmitry Bivol has failed to materialize, outside of Benavidez, Alvarez’s options are limited. 


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