David Benavidez Gains Fans After Canelo Loss
Trainer Jose Benavidez Sr. was “blown away” after seeing Canelo Alvarez (57-1-2, 39 KOs) lose to Dmitry Bivol on May 7. That defeat turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as many of those who turned their back on the Mexican star and started following David Benavidez (26-0, 23 KOs).
Canelo’s loss to Bivol was just the second of his career, the first being against Floyd Mayweather. Despite the shift in popularity, the 31-year-old still won’t fight Benavidez.
This potential fight can become one of those days in which there is a passing of the torch from an aging star to a younger competitor, but this may not matter soon.
If Canelo gets defeated by Gennadiy Golovkin on September 17 or in his rematch against Bivol in May 2023, Benavidez will undoubtedly become the poster boy of the 168-lb division.
“It was a pleasure watching that fight. I was extremely excited. When Bivol started dominating Alvarez, I told Benavidez that I hope they don’t be unfair with the scores. Due to Canelo’s loss, people have started talking about Benavidez a bit more,” Jose Benavidez Sr. stated.
“Many people thought that Canelo was unbeatable. Now all the fans who were in his corner, have turned their back on him,” Jose Benavidez Sr. concluded.