Via Dan Ambrose: David Benavidez was furious that he had won two WBC super middleweight championships and also won the WBC 168-lb interim belt in the hope of a slam dunk against champ Canelo Alvarez but that didn’t work. not occur.
Benavidez (26-0, 23 KOs) says that every time he’s been told that if he wins matches, he’ll get a shot at Canelo, but he’s out of luck. It’s not clear why the World Boxing Council didn’t order Canelo to protect Benavidez because at least if they did, the fans would get to see the fight they wanted.
Benavidez says he will rise to 175 next year if he doesn’t get the matches he wants against Canelo and Caleb Plant. He wants winners Bivol and Ramirez.
“I don’t think it was a good fight. It was a really boring fight,“David Benavidez said to lalosboxing about the Canelo Alvarez trilogy vs. Gennadiy Golovkin III last weekend.
“It would be a completely different fight,” Benavidez said when asked what he would do if he fought Canelo. “I am taller, stronger. The only thing Canelo has against me is experience.
“The guys that Canelo fought with were super average with no strength. They are trash. That’s why they couldn’t support Canelo. Golovkin has the strength to support Canelo.
“When he [Canelo] fighting Caleb Plant, he has no power; Billy Joe Saunders has no power. The guy he wore his first belt at the age of 168 [Rocky Fielding]. He has no power. Yildirim has no power. The only good champion he beat was Callum Smith. I give him respect for that.
“If Canelo doesn’t respect your strength, that will be a problem. I have 26 wins with 23 knockouts, and I definitely have the strength and definitely the pace to hold him and be really effective against him.
“How did he end the press conference just because someone brought my name up. I know it’s coming to his head; he is angry about that. I have earned my place. I was #1 with WBC in four games. I just want the position they promised me.
“They said, ‘Win this WBC title elimination, and you’re up against Canelo next.’ I fought with two of them. Then they said, ‘Win the interim WBC Championship, and you’ll be up against Canelo next. ‘ What do you think the rating system is for? ‘ Benavidez said.