David Benavidez: ‘I Want To Earn The Canelo Fight’
David Benavidez feels a fight with Canelo Alvarez has to be earned, not given.
Benavidez is the former WBC Super-Middleweight Champion. While he was never beaten for the title, Benavidez was stripped of the gold after missing weight for his fight against Roamer Alexis Angulo. That title now belongs to Canelo.
Appearing on The Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer, Benavidez said he plans to get the Canelo fight by running through all the other big names at 168 pounds (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“I want to earn the Canelo fight, I feel like the way I earn the Canelo fight is going through all these people [Billy Joe Saunders, Jermall Charlo, Caleb Plant] and I’m sure I can make it happen, I’m 100% sure I can beat all these guys. So the only thing I need is an opportunity right now and at the end of the day boxing wins because these are the fights fans want to see.”
Benavidez believes IBF Super-Middleweight Champion Caleb Plant will wait for a showdown with Canelo if he defeats Billy Joe Saunders.
“I feel like [Plant is] going to sit out as long as he can until he gets the Canelo fight because for him it’s just business, and business-wise that fight makes more sense to him. I feel like I’m more of a threat and he loses more against me than if he loses against Canelo. But even if he gets the Canelo fight and he beats him or loses I still want to fight Caleb Plant either way. I feel like there’s a lot of unsettled business we need to settle.”
Benavidez is scheduled to clash with Ronald Ellis in the main event of a Showtime card this Saturday night, March 13.