Canelo Snubs Benavidez, Eyes Showdowns With Charlo And Crawford In 2024

Canelo Alvarez has reportedly chosen to face Jermall Charlo and Terence Crawford for his two fights in 2024.

According to ESPN’s Salvador Rodriguez, Alvarez will face Charlo on May 4 and then take on Crawford on September 14. Both fights are not against fully-fledged super middleweights. Charlo would be moving up from middleweight, hoping to do better than his brother Jermell Charlo, who lost a one-sided unanimous decision after moving up from 154 pounds.

Crawford would be jumping up three weight classes to become undisputed in a third weight class. But those fights are at the expense of David Benavidez. The Mexican Monster has been the WBC Interim Champion for over a year. Following his win over Demetrius Andrade, there was hope that an all-Mexican clash would occur on Cinco De Mayo Weekend or Mexican Independence Day. With that appearing unlikely, boxing fans have been left disappointed, fuelling suggestions that Alvarez is ducking Benavidez. Paulie Malignaggi was very vocal, calling it the biggest duck in boxing history. 

“If Canelo doesn’t fight Benavidez, is this the biggest duck in boxing history? You are a champion, and he is the bonified #1 contender, and you even got a guy like Munguia and Morrell, who are dangerous as well. You’re talking about the biggest duck in boxing history. This is in your same weight class, and you are the champion. Is Benavidez being ducked more blatantly than that? I think he is at this point,” Malignaggi said 

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