David Benavidez Doesn’t Want Canelo Anymore, Here’s Who He’s Going After
Despite what David Benavidez’s win on Saturday signifies, the 25-year-old won’t be meeting undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez next.
That’s what Benavidez’s promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz, said following the third-round victory over David Lemieux for the vacant WBC interim super middleweight title.
“What I’m saying is precisely the truth, and I want everybody to put that on black & white,” Lewkowicz said at the post-fight press conference.
“We have three options for November. The first option is [Caleb] Plant. The second option is [David] Morrell, and the third one is [Jermall] Charlo. There is no other one.”
Plant has not fought since losing to Alvarez in November 2021 by TKO. He lost his IBF title, which was the final belt Alvarez needed to become the undisputed division champion.
Morrell, who has had just six pro fights, has been the WBA super middleweight champion – Alvarez holds the WBA “Super” super middleweight belt – since January 2021. He is scheduled to face Kalvin Henderson on June 4.
Charlo and Benavidez have had beef for a while.
The two had a tense verbal exchange when Errol Spence Jr took on Yordenis Ugas in April in Texas.
Charlo, the WBC middleweight champion, takes on Maciej Sulecki on June 18 in Houston. He is undefeated in all 32 fights; his most recent being over Juan Macias Montiel in June 2021.
“I’m waiting for [Caleb Plant, Jermall Charlo, David Morrell] to sign the contract,” Benavidez said.
“Them b— know what’s up. I’m right here waiting for them. I’ll put myself up against everyone. I guarantee I’m knocking everyone out.”