Via Sean Jones: Coach Abel Sanchez ranks David Benavidez as one of the few boxers who can beat Canelo Alvarez.
Sanchez says Benavidez (26-0.23 KOs) and his father Jose Benavidez Sr, need to stop pressuring Canelo to fight because he is in a position where he can fight anyone right now and make good money.
According to Sanchez, Benavidez needs to keep winning and let that put pressure on Canelo rather than complain to the media about the Mexican star ignoring him.
Sanchez feels that Canelo will eventually fight Benavidez for another three or four years. That was his wishful thinking because Canelo said he didn’t want to fight the Mexican boxer.
“I think Canelo is in a position where it doesn’t matter, and he doesn’t deliver what anyone says,” Abel Sanchez told Against TV Hub when asked if Canelo Alvarez will face David Benavidez.
“Canelo is in a position where he can fight a guy in the street, and he will make a lot of money. So what people say doesn’t really matter to him, in my opinion.
“What David needs to do is stay busy. Be a shadow instead of talkative. Jose [Benavidez Sr], I love him; he’s a good friend of mine, but that won’t happen the more they talk.
“Canelo is in a position where the more you talk, the less I think about it. So keep busy, keep winning. Let the natural part. Canelo is only 32 or 33 years old, and another kid [Benavidez] is 25 or 26. So it’s going to happen in the next two or three years. Don’t push it anymore.
“Just fight your fighters, and eventually, that fight will happen. That is why the war between Canelo-Golovkin did not take place earlier because Golovkin’s men were constantly jostling. Keep talking, keep talking.
“Canelo is in a position where ‘It’s okay. Keep talking.’ What difference does it make? He’s the one in charge. Like Floyd in his prime. He is the one in charge. He dictates the terms, and he dictates when and how.
“I just think David needs to be busy, and that fight will happen. It will happen. Maybe at the end of Canelo’s career, but it will happen. I don’t think anyone was on it but Bivol and Beterbiev.
“At 168, no one can touch Canelo but Benavidez. No,” said Sanchez when asked if Jermall Charlo can beat Canelo. I don’t think he [Jermall] busy enough.
“As in his last battle and even other Charlo [Jermell]. When it thickens in there, they can’t be elastic. They don’t go out and take it. They shore and try to overcome the fight and win.
“I wouldn’t say they don’t have a heart because all rope climbers have a big, big heart. They have the biggest cajones ever.
“When it became dense in it, he [Jermall Charlo] doesn’t work as well as he should. When it comes to the upper hand, he’s a killer, but in skirmishes that I’ve seen where it’s tough there, he doesn’t step up the board like he should as a champion.
“Listen, when the WBC named Gennadiy after he beat Rubio and Canelo dropped the belt. That’s the pressure David needs to put on this guy.
“Make him drop his belt but not by talking with actions. Get him to answer questions like that night when he was upset. But David is not yet in that position to force him.
“He needs to keep doing it to force him. He will; he is a child. The more he pushed, the more like what happened to Golovkin and Canelo. Canelo would say, Well, hold on to it. ‘ I do not need it.
“He doesn’t need it. If he fights without a belt. If he fights for the Ring, he gets the same money, so what difference does that make?
“It was the hardest fight for Canelo right there,” Sanchez said of Benavidez being the hardest fight for Canelo Alvarez. “For me, before he was beaten by Bivol, what I thought about Bivol was that he was a young Gennadiy, weighing just over 15 pounds.
“My only drawback in liking him [Bivol] very much is that all of his battles are safety first. I was told the only thing that would be difficult for Canelo was if Bivol came out of his shell.
“He didn’t fight a war for safety, and from what I understand, that’s exactly what he did. He attacks Canelo; he beat Canelo with a punch, and he overpowered him, exhausted him.
“In my opinion, Bivol has gone out of his comfort zone. Back then, I said Golovkin, Beterbiev and Benavidez were the only three people I thought were a threat to Canelo.
“I think Benavidez is a threat. Now that Bivol has beaten him at a higher weight, that’s the only difference; In my opinion, Benavidez is a real threat.
“No,” Sanchez said when told by Jose Benavidez Sr that David would beat Canelo in seven innings. “David went into the 12th round with guys whose half is Canelos.
“Think back. Yeah, they’re undefeated, but they’re half of the Canelo boxer. The boy he landed a great combination in round 12, what the hell is his name? Romanian [Ronald Gavril].
“Gavril, yes. It’s taken from him [Benavidez] 12 rounds to get him out there, and that guy is nowhere near Canelo. David will do well, he can beat Canelo, but he won’t stop him. Like no one can stop Golovkin unless you hit him with a hammer or shoot him.
“It’s ironic,” Sanchez said when informed that so many people chose Canelo to stop Golovkin. “Two weeks before the match, everyone was saying, ‘Golovkin will win. Canelo has nothing. Golovkin will knock him down. ‘
“Now Canelo really dominates him, ‘Oh, he’s fighting a 40 year old man.’ You cannot win. As a fighter, you cannot win. That’s why I said Canelo will do what he has to do for Canelo.
“It is the same as Golovkin. Golovkin will hit 160 pounds and control the division. But David has a legitimate chance to beat him [Canelo] because he can write to him.
“He can do what Zurdo can do with Bivol. He will greet him from the outside because he is a bigger man and has a longer reach. David should be 6’3″ or something like that.
“Great reach, great reflexes, great upper body movement. In fact, David came to my gym when he was 16 and fought Golovkin in 2010 and 2011.
“I would say out of all the fighters I had in the gym against Golovkin, David was probably the best. 16 years old. He was sparred a lot. Golovkin took care of him and didn’t abuse him, but you can see the talent is there.
“Golovkin also commented on it. ‘What a talented kid.’ He [Benavidez] was 180, 190 back then. He was a chubby boy, but he was 6’1″. He’s grown a few inches since then.
“But yes, David is an exceptional talent. That’s why I say his time will come. Don’t push it anymore. His time will come,” said Sanchez.