Joe Smith Jr. Is ‘Open’ To Fighting David Benavidez

Joe Smith Jr. has welcomed the chance to fight David Benavidez if the latter decides to move up to light heavyweight. 

The ‘Mexican Monster’ is currently plying his trade at super middleweight, but it is clear that Benavidez is a big 168-pounder.

The mega fight in the division is an all-Mexican clash with Canelo Alvarez. However, the fight has not materialised with suggestions that Alvarez is avoiding the WBC interim champion.

At the same time, Benavidez has spoken previously about wanting to move up to 175 lbs in order to face Dmitry Bivol.

So much that Benavidez stated he could stop and knockout the WBA champion based on his confidence from previous sparring sessions.

And if a move up to light heavy did occur, Smith let it be known that he would be on hand for that fight. 

“I’d be open to that fight. I never turned down any fight. “I’m just waiting to see if any offers come my way,” Smith Jr.

Smith Jr. would be an underdog based on his past performances against elite competition. In his last fight, he was brutally stopped by Artur Beterbiev in the second round.

And given that Benavidez is a lot younger and fresher than the 38-year-old Beterbiev, the odds would be against him.  

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