By Keith Idec
OMAHA, Nebraska – David Benavidez is here to support his older brother, Jose Jr., for the biggest fight of his career.
Watching his unbeaten big brother prepare for his shot at Terence Crawford also has inspired him to land a huge fight of his own. David Benavidez hopes Canelo Alvarez beats Rocky Fielding on December 15, remains at 168 pounds and grants him an opportunity to prove himself against one of the best boxers in the world.
If given that chance, David Benavidez, Jose Benavidez Jr. and their father/trainer, Jose Sr., are convinced David Benavidez would become the first fighter to knock out Alvarez.
“That’s exactly what I’m gonna do if I get the opportunity to fight him,” David Benavidez said Thursday following a press conference for the Crawford-Jose Benavidez Jr. fight at CHI Health Center. “Obviously, he’s the best in his division and he’s a cash cow right now. But honestly, I wouldn’t worry about the money. I just want the opportunity. I know I can shock the world.”
David Benavidez stands 6-feet-2, five inches taller than Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs), who owns the WBA and WBC middleweight titles. That size disadvantage makes David Benavidez wonder whether Alvarez would consider fighting him even if Alvarez defeats Fielding easily when they meet in two months at Madison Square Garden.
“I don’t know,” David Benavidez said. “Maybe. He probably thinks I’m young and I don’t have that much experience. I just need the opportunity. You know what I mean?”
David Benavidez (20-0, 17 KOs) is currently serving the WBC’s six-month suspension because he tested positive for cocaine in August. The 21-year-old Phoenix native remains the WBC’s super middleweight champion in recess, but the WBC has ordered a bout between former WBC champ Anthony Dirrell (32-1-1, 24 KOs) and Avni Yildirim (21-1, 12 KOs) for its interim 168-pound championship.
Benavidez must fight the Dirrell-Yildirim winner to have a chance to keep his WBC crown.
Meanwhile, the Benavidez family will keep a close eye on Alvarez’s debut as a full-fledged super middleweight when he faces England’s Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) for Fielding’s WBA world super middleweight title. If Alvarez wins and doesn’t return to 160 pounds for a third fight against Gennady Golovkin or other opportunities, they’ll push for what would be the most lucrative fight available to David Benavidez.
“That’s the plan, hopefully,” Jose Benavidez Sr. said. “That’s another big fight. David’s really young and [Canelo has] been through a lot of battles. I think we’ll get him [by knockout]. He does have a lot of experience, but he’s getting worn out. Too many good fights, I think.”
Jose Benavidez Jr. agreed.
“He’d stop [Alvarez],” Jose Benavidez Jr. said. “I think so. He’s too fast, too strong.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.