The Cuban took his record to 10-0 after a second-round knockout of Sena Agbeko, putting him as one of the biggest names in the division. But so far, Benavidez has been reluctant to get in the ring with Morrell. The Mexican Monster’s priority is to secure a fight with Canelo Alvarez, giving him the chance to become undisputed.
Benavidez has been WBC mandatory for approximately two years, as a fight with Canelo on Cinco de Mayo weekend or Mexican Independence Day continues to be mentioned. But given that Morrell has been dismissed as a credible opponent even if the Canelo fight does not happen, Benavidez has been accused of avoiding the Cuban.
“We’ve been talking for the last year, and we wanted to make the fight. We had November 25th, and we were ready to go. He [Morrell] knocked out [Yamaguchi] Falcão, and he [Benavidez ran for the hills. That’s what happened. We don’t have to do it anymore.
“If he [Benavidez] doesn’t fight Canelo, everybody in boxing wants to see this fight. The fans aren’t stupid. They know this is the guy. Read the comments. The people that pay to watch the fights. 80% of the people got this guy as the winner [against Benavidez]. Why do you think they’re avoiding us? Because they’re afraid. ‘I’ll go up to 175 and fight Bivol.’ That’s what he said,” Decubas said
A fight with Morrell poses a considerable risk for Benavidez since he is on the cusp of securing a Canelo fight. A defeat against Morrell would provide another reason for Alvarez not to fight the Mexican Monster. Morrell is also a high-risk, low-reward bout. None of wins are against former world champions. It would make sense for Morrell to face the big names at 168, such as Caleb Plant first, which increases the chances of getting the fight. If that fight does not go ahead, Morrell’s trainer, Ronnie Shields, wants him to fight Canelo.
“My job is to prepare him for whoever they put in the ring with him. Not just Benavidez. What about Canelo? Canelo is there. David Morrell has done two or three mandatories for Canelo. Come on, man. When is he going to get his opportunity?
“I don’t know. Styles make fights. Canelo has that style that is really difficult to penetrate sometimes, but Benavidez is a busy guy, and so is David [Morrell]. I don’t know. I really truly don’t know which fight would be the tougher fight,” Shields said