Jim Lampley: Canelo Growing Frustrated With Calls To Face Benavidez

Jim Lampley says Canelo Alvarez is becoming irritated by the calls for him to face David Benavidez

Alvarez faces Jaime Munguia on May 4 in a defense of his Undisputed Super Middleweight Belt. While Munguia is an undefeated Mexican knockout artist with 34 KOs, Benavidez finds himself out of the picture again. 

The Mexican Monster has been patiently waiting for approximately two years as the WBC Super Middleweight Interim Champion. Talks over a fight have failed, with conflicting narratives. Benavidez claimed he agreed to take $5 million, but Eddie Reynoso rejected claims that any offers had been made. Lampley was clear that Canelo was feeling the pressure. 

“Now, he hears from his own fans, ‘Just wait until you get in the ring with David Benavidez. He’s got more power than you ever dreamed of having, and he’s going to wipe you out.’ He doesn’t want to hear it. He doesn’t want to be treated with that kind of disrespect, whose respect he feels he’s earned over a long period of time.

“It’s not out of the question that debate goes on in the back of his mind. ‘Haven’t I don’t enough? Shouldn’t I have the right to fight who I want? Why are they telling me I have to fight this guy?’ Whatever he thinks about Benavidez, it isn’t enough to make him want to go straight to Benavidez and fight the fight that everybody wants to see,” Lampley said

As we have reported previously, Andre Ward has also warned Canelo about harming his legacy if he ducks Benavidez. Alvarez is a four-division champion, with only two defeats against Floyd Mayweather and Dmitry Bivol. But unless he faces his biggest rival, Canelo may not get the credit for his significant wins. Victories over GGG and Miguel Cotto have been overlooked by claims he is avoiding Benavidez. Ward was particularly critical of Canelo.

“When he fought Kovalev, Kovalev was cooked. He wasn’t ‘The Krusher,’ he wasn’t the undefeated guy. He had lost that. I’m not knocking the hustle, but you lose me when you start saying, ‘I’m the best fighter in the world. You lose me when you don’t fight the best, but you say everybody else has got to fight the best. Canelo is a really good fighter, but you don’t know how good you are until you fight the other best. You shouldn’t fight top guys every fight out. That’s not wise, and that’s not safe,” Ward said

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