That is according to Terence Crawford. The Mexican Monster inflicted the first defeat of Andrade’s career with a comprehensive display. After seeing Andrade start off well with his lateral movement, Benavidez took control after landing his first clean shot in the third round with a huge right hand. That was followed by another, which resulted in Andrade taking a knee in the fourth. And two rounds later, Andrade’s team threw in the towel after the sixth round. The win kept Benavidez as the WBC mandatory for Alvarez, with a fight possible for next year. And given what he had seen, Crawford felt Benavidez was ready for the undisputed fight.
“He looked spectacular. He did wonderful. A++,. He’s [Benavidez] one of them [the best]. I mean, he’s relentless, it’s pressure, but it’s smart pressure. He’s coming behind his jab, throwing straight punches, he’s going to the body up and down. He’s just got to tighten up a little on his defense, but other than that, he’s good. He’s ready for Canelo,” Crawford stated
Nevertheless, there is a chance that the fight will not get made. There is a perception that Alvarez has shown a reluctance to face Benavidez. Following the latter’s win over Caleb Plant, Canelo chose to face Jermell Charlo, a 154-pounder who moved up two weight divisions in a one-sided fight. Following the win, Alvarez remained coy over whether he would face Benavidez next. Nevertheless, Shawn Porter was adamant that Benavidez was a big enough name without Canelo.
“I truly think the world wants Benavidez on Canelo’s list, but I don’t think Benavidez is on Canelo’s list. Benavidez don’t need [Canelo]. Sometimes, you are that much better than somebody, and nobody needs to see it. Sometimes, you’re that good, and people don’t need to see it. We know that’s probably the biggest money fight that he [Benavidez] could have, but I just think that he’s better, he’s stronger, and he’s got too much youth. He’s got too much experience, and he’s got too much health,” Porter said
At the age of 33, the four-division champion may not be keen on facing a younger and hungrier Benavidez. But given the huge anticipation for the fight, the scene is set for a mega clash on either Cinco de Mayo Weekend or Mexican Independence Day.