Canelo Avoiding David Benavidez? Jose Benavidez Sr. Expresses Frustration: 'He's Fighting Little Guys'
The ongoing saga between Canelo Alvarez and David Benavidez has sparked controversy, with Jose Benavidez Sr., David’s father and trainer, expressing frustration over Canelo’s alleged avoidance of his son. Ahead of David’s fight with Demetrius Andrade on November 25th, Jose Sr. vocalized his disappointment with Canelo’s choice of opponents, accusing him of evading a potential showdown.
In a candid interview with Boxing News, Jose Sr. criticized Canelo’s selection of smaller opponents, suggesting that his son, David, a formidable WBC super middleweight champion, deserves a shot at the Mexican superstar. He highlighted David’s upcoming fight against Andrade, emphasizing the contrasting styles and the Benavidez camp’s confidence in their strategy.
While discussing Andrade’s strengths, Jose Sr. didn’t hold back in outlining potential vulnerabilities in David’s game, referencing past fights where opponents like Ronald Gavril and Caleb Plant nearly toppled his son. He also underscored the challenge of David’s size advantage in the super middleweight division, hinting at potential limitations due to the weight cut.
Expressing weariness over continuously discussing Canelo, Jose Sr. paradoxically continued to bring up the topic, implying a desire for Canelo to face a fighter from a lower weight class like 118 pounds. He iterated doubts about Canelo’s interest in facing David and suggested that their camp aims to forge their own path in boxing without relying on Canelo’s involvement.
The narrative shifts to the perception of David Benavidez’s career choices, with criticism aimed at the quality of opponents he’s faced. Jose Sr. hinted that Canelo might have considered a bout with David earlier if he had fought top-tier opponents like Dmitry Bivol or Artur Beterbiev instead of the listed fighters, insinuating that Canelo views David as just another contender seeking a lucrative payday.
The ongoing back-and-forth between Team Benavidez and Canelo’s camp continues to fuel speculation about a potential future showdown. However, the discourse underscores the complexities of matchmaking in boxing, with narratives of avoidance, entitlement, and differing perspectives on what constitutes a deserving challenger.