By Dan Ambrose: David Benavidez says he wants to move up to 175 to fight IBF/WBC/WBO light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev after his fight with Canelo Alvarez.
Beterbiev’s strength will be a problem for Benavidez, as he has not been taken against anyone with such strength.
The power that Beterbiev generates on his shots will be a problem for Benavidez in close, and he’s not exactly the hardest guy to hit cleanly.
Considering that Canelo has already gone on record saying that he will not fight Mexican fighters, we can wait forever for Benavidez to move up to 175 to challenge Beterbiev (18-0, 18 KOs) for three belts.
It helps that Benavidez pulls the trigger and Canelo waits until Beterbiev is old & passed him before moving up in weight to challenge him for the belts.
Beterbiev will turn 38 in January, and if Benavidez continues to wait for the fight that will never happen with Canelo, he will catch him in his 40s.
Benavidez needs to wise up and make a move now that Beterbiev is holding three belts. If he waits for Dmitry Bivol to get his hands on the title, it will be a bad game for him because he throws combinations and is good at taking shots.
If Benavidez can’t fight Caleb Plant & Jermall Charlo, then he really needs to move up to 175 because Canelo will never fight him.
Other fighters who deserve to fight at 168 are David Morrell and Demetrius Andrade, but those aren’t the big names for Benavidez to stay in the division.
It is already difficult for Benavidez to make the 168-lb limit, given that he is clearly a heavier weight than Beterbiev and Bivol.
Why did he put himself through such hell if he wasn’t going to fight Canelo, Plant, or Charlo at 168? Benavidez should already see the writing on the wall that these three fighters want nothing to do with him.
Moving down to 175 now will give Benavidez a chance to face Beterbiev before he gets too old.
If Benavidez wants to take credit for beating Beterbiev, he should step up in 2023 after his next fight in January against Jose Uzcategui.
David Benavidez told Fighthype about his desire to challenge IBF/WBC/WBO heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev.
“It’s hard to go to a promotion company and cross the line to get a world title fight. It doesn’t happen like that. I feel like if I keep doing my thing I’ll blow up and get more fans.
“I feel like after my fight with Canelo, any fight can happen. Jab, jab, body shots, defense,” Benavidez said when asked how he would fight Beterbiev.
“I mean, with these big guys, especially. It takes a few shots, so you can see. There’s that little movement before they let the hook go. There’s a lot of time to avoid the shot.
Benavidez continued: “I feel that whoever he’s fought, I’m different from him,” Benavidez said of the undefeated Beterbiev. “The fight with Joe Smith, I feel like Smith was scared after I got hit with that right. He was just looking for a fight. [shots].
“He doesn’t set anything up with no jabs, no body shots. So the way these people are fighting it is wrong. My style is different. I added to the jab and opened up with a body shot.
“I feel like that’s going to help me in this fight. Like I said, with these types of fighters, you just go in. In your head, you have to tell yourself that you’re going to take some shots. happened,” said Benavidez.