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Is David Benavidez the One to Dethrone Canelo?

The fervor surrounding David Benavidez’s compelling win over Demetrius Andrade has ignited talks of a potential clash with boxing maestro Saul ‘Canelo’ Álvarez for the undisputed super-middleweight world title. Benavidez’s dominant performance not only secured him the WBC Interim World Title but also set the stage for a showdown with the pound-for-pound king, Canelo.

In the aftermath of Benavidez’s commanding victory, he wasted no time in calling out Canelo, asserting his claim as the true champion at 168. With eyes set on the ultimate showdown, Benavidez’s bold challenge reverberates through the boxing world, generating immense anticipation for a clash between these two formidable fighters.

Two-weight world champion Teofimo Lopez weighed in on the potential match-up, lauding Benavidez’s prowess and asserting that, in their current forms, Benavidez holds the edge against Canelo. Praising Benavidez’s intelligence and ring acumen, Lopez expressed confidence in Benavidez’s ability to triumph over Canelo if both fighters bring their A-game.

However, Lopez also acknowledged Canelo’s skill set, highlighting the need for both fighters to be at their absolute best for what promises to be an epic showdown. Recognizing Canelo’s tactical prowess and adaptability, Lopez emphasized that Benavidez must bring his best to the table to secure victory against the seasoned champion.

With Canelo’s expected fights in May and September next year, the possibility of a Canelo-Benavidez clash in the latter part of the year looms large. The WBC’s decision on allowing a pause in Canelo’s mandatory defense could pave the way for this highly anticipated battle, captivating boxing fans with the potential to crown a new champion in the super-middleweight division.


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