Benavidez’s Promoter Optimistic For November Canelo Fight; Saudi Arabia Could Be Key

David Benavidez’s promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz, remains optimistic that a Canelo Alvarez fight can be made for November. 

The comments were in response to Canelo’s recent demand of $150-200 million for that fight. Canelo is preparing to face Jaime Munguia on May 4 in a defense of his Undisputed Super Middleweight Title. However, the perception is that he is doing everything he can to avoid Benavidez. The $150-200 million request was seen as Canelo pricing himself out of the fight. 

 

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Saudi Arabia is capable of staging that bout if there is enough demand. The Kingdom made Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk without a purse split, giving the two fighters a fixed-guarantee regardless of PPV sales. A fight in September would be more lucrative since it falls on Mexican Independence Day (16 September). But Lewkowicz felt that was too early since Benavidez would most likely fight in June. Lewkowicz said he was still optimistic about the fight. 

“I believe he will get the $175 million, and he will fight him. It would be shameful for boxing and destroy part of our sport if he doesn’t fight Benavidez. So, now we know the price. Now we need to find to get the money, but he’s very smart, a very good businessman, Canelo.

“I believe he deserves 150 [million]. I don’t know if he’ll reach 200, but 150, why not? Mayweather did it, and he followed the blueprint of Mayweather. Don’t underestimate it any longer. I don’t know about September because if he [Benavidez] fights in June, he will not fight in September. I will not allow that, but November is a good time to do that fight,” Lewkowicz said

However, Benavidez urged fans to wait, saying he was still positive that a fight could happen in September.

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