WBC Approves David Benavidez To Fight For Interim Super Middleweight Title
WBC has given a green signal to David Benavidez to aim for the World Boxing Council interim super middleweight title after Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez was booked to fight Ilunga Makabu for the cruiserweight title.
WBC’s board of governors hasn’t announced who Benavidez, 24, will face for the interim 168-lb title.
As for Canelo, the unified champ is most likely to vacate the WBC 168-lb title at some point rather than defending it against Benavidez.
The best option for the 24-year-old is to move up to 175, clinch one of the belts and then entice Canelo for a showdown.
If he doesn’t do so, it is highly unlikely that Canelo will sign on the dotted line to go toe-to-toe against him.
After winning his last fight against Kyrone Davis, the two-time former champ said he would take on either Canelo or Jermall Charlo in early 2022.
Davis had entered the fight as a late replacement.
He never seemed in a position to dominate Benavidez. He was first wobbled in the fifth time when Benavidez struck him with a hard left hand. In the seventh round, Davis’ corner threw the towel in the ring to call it quits.