Canelo can overtake his undisputed super middleweight crown as he tries to unify at light heavyweight
David Benavidez is the fighter I would love to see challenge Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez the most. At 6-1 / 1 with 74-inches of reach and more than a healthy average streak intact, Benavidez would throw everything with bad intentions and take the fight to the boxing superstar.
Additionally, Benavidez is an undefeated former two-time WBC super middleweight champion who fought through past indiscretions only – never at the hands of an enemy in the ring.
However, as much as boxing fans and critics alike have been clamoring for the clash to happen, it is predictable that Canelo will take a different direction in his continued pursuit to dare to be. bigger and make history.
And this trajectory is ascending and continuous. Given Canelo’s recent history, that move would be to return to light heavyweights to a clash with unified IBF / WBC world champion Artur Beterbiev to reaffirm his presence at 175 pounds and instantly win a share of the division’s material. .
As enticing as a proposition like Canelo-Benavidez is, Alvarez has nothing to gain from it when it comes to his pursuit of history. Ditto for a trilogy fight against his avid rival Gennadiy Golovkin and even inviting unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. for a heavyweight bout. All eye-catching names in the marquee, all adding combat stripes to Canelo’s already brilliant lore – but none satisfying his level towards the continuing story with material to show for it.
Do not believe me ? Look at Canelo’s track record since September 2017 – he alone takes fights where there is something for him Gain towards history. (Except for a mandatory defense against a surpassed Avni Yildirim last February).
As big as a fight with people like Benavidez, GGG, Spence or Jermall Charlo would be on paper, none would have the precondition that Canelo needs – a chance to keep adding chapters to his legend.
Fighting and defeating Beterbiev, who lacks the star power of any of the aforementioned names, would put Canelo halfway to an undisputed light heavyweight crown. Roy Jones Jr. did it during the Three-Belt Era. Canelo could make it happen in the Age of the Four Belts.
With Beterbiev defending his titles against Marcus Browne on December 17, if successful, he would have a schedule similar to Canelo’s.
The fight in terms of timing for the Cinco de Mayo weekend would make sense. And if Canelo defeats Beterbiev, the race to face WBO title holder Joe Smith Jr. and WBA champion Dmitry Bivol would be on.
Look, I hope I’m wrong, and Canelo decides to defend his newly won undisputed super middleweight crown against Benavidez because it would be such a special fight.
Corn his the story and how he does things his only way to aim for total domination at 175 and elevate his legend to another level.