Benavidez: Canelo, Plant, Charlo 2022
David Benavidez is eager to plead to his case as the best super middleweight on the earth.
The unbeaten, former two-time WBC titlist is one month out from positioning himself inside one battle—or ruling—from a third title reign. Benavidez is subsequent because of face former IBF middleweight titlist David Lemieux (43-4, 36KOs) for the interim WBC super middleweight title atop a May 21 Showtime card from Gila River Space in Glendale, Arizona.
A win will place Phoenix’s Benavidez (25-0, 22KOs) to downside for the precept prize, which has prolonged been his function. On the excessive of his itemizing is a shot at undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (57-1-2, 39KOs), whose current schedule is busy beginning with an issue of WBA light heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol (19-0, 11KOs) on May 7 at T-Cell Space in Las Vegas.
Correct sooner than Alvarez are long-sought grudge matches with former IBF super middleweight titlist Caleb Plant (21-0, 12KOs) and current WBC middleweight titleholder Jermall Charlo (32-0, 22KOs).
“I’m ready for all these guys. Whoever must get it, I’m correct proper right here ready for it,” Benavidez insisted whereas ringside for Errol Spence-Yordenis Ugas Showtime Pay-Per-View card at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. “I’m not fearful of nobody. I proved that I’m the best 168-pounder. Two-time super middleweight champion. I’m ready for whoever. Canelo, Caleb Plant, Charlo. I’m ready for all of them.”
A battle with Alvarez wouldn’t occur until the highest of 2022 on the earliest, though additional doable not until subsequent spring. Guadalajara’s Alvarez will face Bivol subsequent, with a win leading to a return to super middleweight for a trilogy battle with WBA/IBF middleweight titlist Gennadiy Golovkin (42-1-1, 37KOs) who will switch up in weight for a targeted September 17 DAZN PPV event.
Benavidez—who has scored 5 straight stoppage wins—has time on his aspect additional so than another excessive participant in and throughout the super middleweight division, at merely 25 years of age. Having found from earlier errors, the unbeaten top-rated contender is eager to point out his worth, collectively together with his willingness to battle Plant or Charlo—and even every—to lastly get to Alvarez.
“Every the fights. Every the fights are good fights and they also’re every worthy of Showtime Pay-Per-View,” Benavidez insisted, though sooner than getting proper right into a verbal altercation with Charlo at ringside merely earlier to the Spence-Ugas main event. “The Caleb Plant battle I imagine has barely bit additional heat on it. I’m excited.
“We’re in a terrific place and I’m ready for irrespective of.”