Team Benavidez Accuse Canelo Of Being Afraid – ‘He Doesn’t Want To Lose’

David Benavidez’s trainer, Jose Benavidez Jr., has criticized Canelo Alvarez following his departure from PBC. 

Alvarez parted ways with two fights still left under his PBC deal, ending hopes of a Benavidez fight. The Mexican Monster is the current WBC Super Middleweight Interim Champion, a position he has had for over a year. But Canelo’s desire to fight Jermall Charlo for a $35 million guarantee was something PBC could not fulfil. Since PBC was unwilling to put up those funds, Canelo left with his next fight likely against Jaime Munguia and then Edgar Berlanga. The news means Benavidez will have to look elsewhere, leaving his team frustrated.  

“It makes me very happy for Canelo and his team that he doesn’t want to fight David, because we must be doing something right. The most exciting fighter, the most feared fighter doesn’t want to fight David Benavidez. Man, that makes me super happy.

“Everybody knows that Canelo is at the end of his career. He’s not the same Canelo. He’s worn out his body with all the hard training he’s done. He knows that David can beat him, and he doesn’t want to lose to David,” Jose Benavidez Jr. said

The Mexican Monster has been linked with a move up to light heavyweight for the WBC Interim Belt against Oleksandr Gvozdyk. A victory means Benavidez is positioned to face the winner of Dmitry Bivol and Artur Beterbiev for undisputed. With two possible mandatory positions, the WBC will have a big decision to make over whether to strip Canelo. 

David Benavidez Sr. has also mentioned the possibility of facing Christian Mbilli. The Frenchman is more than a credible opponent. His undefeated record of 26-0 includes 22 knockout wins, making him one of the biggest punchers in the division. Mbilli also desires to face the big names, calling out Canelo Alvarez following his victory against Rohan Murdock. A win over Benavidez would increase the chances of getting the Canelo fight, and team Benavidez was interested in making it happen. 

“Mbili, that f***ing guy is a monster. He’s an animal, too. He looked great in his last fight [against Rohan Murdock in January]. That’s another guy we’d like to fight. That’s a dangerous fighter right there. I consider him more dangerous than [David] Morrell. He has more experience and has climbed the ladder on his own. He has proven himself,” David Benavidez Sr. stated

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