Eddie Hearn thinks David Benavidez could earn a fight with Canelo Alvarez if he defeats Caleb Plant.
Benavidez and Plant are in talks for an interim WBC super middleweight eyed for the first half of 2023. It would be a massive fight for both men’s legacy and the division as Hearn – who is promoting Alvarez – thinks Benavidez could earn that fight with a win.
“Canelo Alvarez has the best résumé in boxing,” Hearn said to the media. “I cannot believe people question the résumé of Canelo Alvarez. Just write it down on a piece of paper or read off the names he’s fought consistently. You’ve got other guys, like Benavidez……. You were screaming out for Canelo Alvarez. You have to make statements. You have to make the fans say ‘Canelo [must fight Benavidez].’ You know that when a fighter is big enough and Canelo feels like that fighter deserves his opportunity he will give him that opportunity.”
It’s also a step in the right direction for David Benavidez who has been clamoring to get a massive fight for quite some time. If he can get past Plant, Eddie Hearn thinks Canelo Alvarez will be very interested in facing David Benavidez in derailing his hype.
“Where’s the motivation [for Alvarez] to fight Benavidez?” Hearn said. “Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good fight. But he (Alvarez) wants to challenge himself. Rematch Bivol, the trilogy with [Golovkin]. He will fight Benavidez, I’m sure. It’s not my decision. It’s (Alvarez manager and trainer) Eddy Reynoso and [Alvarez], but he has no fear of David Benavidez. All he wants is these guys to earn a shot and let the world call out a huge fight. And if Benavidez went ahead and beat Charlo or Benavidez went ahead and beat Plant, Canelo would fight him. I know [Benavidez] wants big fights. You’ve got two guys in the same camp, Plant and Benavidez, it’s a massive fight.”
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