Morrell’s camp has repeatedly suggested that Benavidez is avoiding the Cuban. Following the Mexican Monster’s win over Demetrius Andrade, he focused on securing a fight with Canelo Alvarez. Benavidez is the current WBC interim champion, a position he has held for around two years. He could face Alvarez on Cinco de Mayo weekend or Mexican Independence Day for undisputed if the mandatory is called. Benavidez has named Jermall Charlo as a potential opponent if the Canelo fight fails. This led to suggestions that Benavidez was swerving Morrell. Benavidez Sr. denied this was the case.
“I think David Morrell’s a great fighter but at the end of the day I think they should put him to fight fighters that are known that could take him into deep waters and see what he does. I think he should fight a Caleb Plant, he should fight an Anthony Dirrell, or maybe even ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade, and that’s the only way he’s going to get qualified to see if…… we’ll fight him right now. We’ll fight him right now; I think David [Benavidez] can stop him,” Benavidez Sr. said
Morrell’s stock continued to rise after his victory against Sena Agbeko. He knocked out the Ghanian in round two on Showtime’s final-ever card. His record moved to 10-0, with nine stoppages. But the win was questioned after Agbeko was unhappy with the absence of drug testing, indicating there may have been something to hide. But if Morrell wants the Benavidez fight, he must continue to win. Facing better opposition will be one way of doing that.