Canelo Is Not The Same – ‘He Has Started To Drink,’ Says Jose Benavidez Sr.

Jose Benavidez Sr. has doubted Canelo Alvarez’s capability of taking on his son, David Benavidez

The ‘Mexican Monster’ is currently the WBC mandatory for Canelo following his impressive win over Caleb Plant.

That led to calls for a fight between Canelo and Benavidez, which ultimately did not get made.

Alvarez will instead face Jermell Charlo, as both fighters square off on September 30th, 2023.

Although that may be the case, Canelo is seen as the heavy favorite given that Charlo will jump up two-weight divisions.

As such, facing Charlo for what is deemed an easier fight than Benavidez has made Benavidez Sr. question whether Canelo is the same fighter. 

I consider him [Canelo], with all due respect, done as a fighter. He is worn out. First, we saw him with a knee injury, and now he injured his hand. Now, we can see that Canelo is starting to drink. He is beginning to enjoy life.

“But he has all the right to do that because he has been a very disciplined fighter. He has many businesses now and is not focused 100% on boxing.

“Now, he is playing golf, which requires time and dedication. I think Canelo should stay at golf and start a career there. I have heard that he is very good at golf. There is no age limit to play that sport,”  Benavidez Sr.

Nevertheless, Alvarez does not have much left to prove in the sport. The Mexican is a four-division champion, which includes being undisputed at 168 pounds.

Not only that, but given that he is still a cash cow in the sport, facing Benavidez at the latter stages of his career may not be the wisest move.

With that being said, Benavidez Sr. doubted whether a fight with Canelo would ever happen. 

“I have bad news for everybody: there will not be a fight between David Benavidez and Canelo. Forget about that fight. We have other horizons.

“We have a contract for three fights with [David] Morell, [Jermall] Charlo, and [Demetrius] Andrade. Those are very good fights, names that Canelo Alvarez didn’t want to fight. So, we will fight with them to show who we are,” Benavidez Sr.

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