Canelo Rules Out Crawford, Benavidez Fight Not Happening

Canelo Alvarez has ruled out a Terence Crawford bout, leaving fans wondering who he will fight next. 

The Undisputed Super Middleweight Champion teased his next fight on Mexican TV by saying it was an American opponent. Reports linked Jermall Charlo and Crawford with the fight. Charlo announced the fight on his Instagram before backtracking those comments.

That left Crawford as the leading candidate. He has expressed his desire to become a three-weight undisputed champion by moving up three weight classes for Canelo’s undisputed title at 168. While he has begun training with super middleweights, Canelo has dismissed the fight. 

“No, [I am not fighting Crawford]. Yes, but they’re going to criticise me… and that’s it, they love it. They criticised me because I fought [Jermell] Charlo who gained weight, who is bigger than me, because I’m a small fighter for these weights, and because he gained weight, but they didn’t criticise him when I went up in weight,” Canelo said

That could have paved the way for a David Benavidez fight, who is an American with a Mexican background. That would have made sense, as it gives Canelo a rematch clause with two fights left on his PBC deal. A fight could have taken place on Cinco de Mayo Weekend or Mexican Independence Day. Despite this being the case, Benavidez’s promoter has said Canelo has no interest in the fight this year.

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