Canelo Puts Benavidez In His Place – ‘I Can Do Whatever I Want’

Canelo Alvarez says he is in control of his career as he justified his decision not to fight David Benavidez.

Canelo faces Jamie Munguia on May 4 in a defense of his Undisputed Super Middleweight Title. Alvarez backtracked on his comments about not fighting Mexicans, raising suggestions that he was ducking Benavidez. The Mexican Monster has been the WBC Super Middleweight Interim Champion for over two years. However, a fight is no closer to being made. Canelo demanded $150-200 million for the fight, an unlikely sum. Canelo remained defiant in the face of criticism. 

“The truth is I’ve always fought those who people say I don’t want to fight. I am in a position I have earned – where I can do whatever I want to do. I won’t please them with anything. When they wanted me to fight Gennady Golovkin, I fought Golovkin. Callum Smith, Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather, Austin Trout, everyone. So if you look at that, they are never pleased with anything. I will do what I want to do,” Canelo said

Benavidez has turned his attention elsewhere. He is set to face Oleksandr Gvozdyk for the WBC Light Heavyweight Interim Belt on June 22. He will fight in the co-main event of Gervonta Davis vs Frank Martin. A victory makes Benavidez mandatory for the winner of Artur Beterbiev vs Dmitry Bivol, who face off on June 1. Once Benavidez moves up to 175, there is no guarantee he will come back down to 168. 

“With Canelo it’s that bull, ‘Oh, he needs to be respectful. I’m not going to bow my knee to nobody because I’ve earned my shot. He gave the opportunity to Jaime Munguia, who hasn’t done nothing. The excuse Canelo gave was, ‘Oh because he’s been really respectful.’ Like bro, get the [hell] out of here. I don’t think that Canelo fight is going to happen, so I’ve got to move on. These guys at 175 lbs are some killers. Now my mind is 100% focused on them,” Benavidez stated

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