Canelo Alvarez Explains Why He’s Not Fighting David Benavidez Next

Canelo Alvarez

Canelo Alvarez will not be fighting David Benavidez next time out, despite the fact, Benavidez was vocal about wanting the scrap.

Benavidez is coming off a seventh-round TKO over Kyrone Davis to cement himself as the number one contender at super-middleweight. He is the WBC mandatory and many fans wanted to see the fight, but it was recently revealed Alvarez will be moving up to cruiserweight to box Ilunga Makabu, and he says that is because he odes whatever he wants.

“Right now, I can do whatever I want. I faced all the 168lbs world champions; I took the title from all of them. Now I do what I want,” said Canelo Alvarez on Thursday at the WBC convention on why he’s fighting Ilunga Makabu instead of David Benavidez (via boxingnews24). “I do what I want.”

Although Benavidez will not be facing Alvarez next time out, he remains clear he wants to fight the Mexican. He called out Alvarez after his last fight and has made it vocal he has the best chance to beat Alvarez.

“It was tough but I have so much condition, I’m going to keep going until he eventually stops,” said Benavidez, ESPN’s No. 2 super middleweight. “I think everybody wants to see me against Canelo. I’ll go through anybody; whoever they want me to go through… “I feel like I have the best shot [to beat Alvarez] because I have the most power in the division besides Canelo. I have longer arms, as much as speed — probably even faster — and as much power, too. I’m just hungry for this opportunity.”

Who do you think would win, Canelo Alvarez or David Benavidez?