David Benavidez believes he will be the one to beat Canelo Alvarez.
Benavidez is already the front runner to face Alvarez on Cinco de Mayo in May. He’s the former two-time WBC 168lbs champion and he believes he has what it takes to beat the Mexican. However, in order for the fight to happen, he needs to defeat Kyrone Davis this Saturday in Phoenix, Arizona.
Davis was a short notice replacement to replace Jose Uzcategui after he tested positive for a banned substance. The two were supposed to fight in a title eliminator, but even with Davis stepping in, Benavidez is confident he gets the win.
Should David Benavidez defeat Davis, he believes he will get the Alvarez fight and will dethrone hime.
“It was a good performance. What happened was exactly how I predicted,” said David Benavidez to Fighthype (via boxingnews24) when asked about his thoughts on the Canelo Alvarez vs. Caleb Plant fight last Saturday. “I thought it was going to start off good on Caleb Plant’s part, moving around on the defensive, but then Canelo was going to cut off the ring, working the body and then ending up catching him with a big shot.
“That’s exactly what happened. I said before that the fighters that are going to last with Canelo are the ones that have power,” said Benavidez. “You can be defensive all you want, but sooner or later, you’re going to get caught with a big shot. So, I feel like you got to get him before he gets you. These guys he’s been fighting in his last four fights looked like they just wanted to make it to the 12th round. I feel like to beat Canelo; you have to leave it all in there every single round. That’s what I took from the fight.
“When Caleb Plant would utilize his combinations, he’d have a lot of success,” Benavidez concluded. “From my standpoint, seeing the jab, I feel like I have a better jab than Caleb Plant. I have a stronger jab and throw combinations really well, and I’m a body puncher too. I see a lot of things and a lot of potential holes in Canelo’s game plan that I feel I can expose.”
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