Advertisement: IBO Boxing

David Benavidez: A Fight With Me & Canelo Would Be Explosive!

David Benavidez was originally scheduled to have a homecoming fight on April 18 that has since been cancelled due to coronavirus.

The 23-year-old WBC champion Benavidez (22-0, 19 KOs), however, wants to order a more palatable opponent to be booked other than Roamer Alexis Angulo.

During a reddit “Ask Me Anything” session with fans, Benavidez said he was unhappy with matchmaking after such a dominant, crown-clinching performance against Anthony Dirrell in September, and feels that he should’ve been offered a much tougher test than the No. 15 WBC-ranked, 36-year-old Colombian.

“You know, I wasn't [happy with the matchmaking]. I really wasn't,” said Benavidez. “But because I had three other fighters pull out, we had to go with him. Originally it was a No. 1, with the Turkish guy Avni Y?ld?r?m, then he got injured and two fighters pulled out after that, so that's why we landed on [Roamer Alexis Angulo].”

david-benavidez (11)_2

Angulo (26-1, 20 KOs) is a former world title challenger whose lone career loss came to Gilberto Ramirez in 2018 by unanimous decision. He would have been coming off a surprising split decision win over then-undefeated prospect Anthony Sims Jr. in January. It remains to be seen whether talks will be reignited with Angulo once the boxing calendar resumes.

If Benavidez had it his way, in addition to IBF champ Caleb Plant, he would challenge boxing’s biggest breadwinner and one of its pound-for-pound best in fellow countryman and secondary 168-pound WBA titlist Canelo Alvarez.

“I feel like a fight with Canelo would be an explosive fight, fan-friendly fight,” said Benavidez. “We're both brawlers, Mexican fighters. My advantages [is that] I'm taller, have a longer reach. I feel like this is my one big opportunity to show the world who I am, so I don't feel like this means as much to him as it does to me.”

Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist and member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011. He has written for the likes of the LA Times, Guardian, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health and and currently does TV commentary for combat sports programming that airs on Fox Sports and hosts his own radio show in Los Angeles. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by SN!PER on 04-26-2020

Canelo, Bivol, Ramirez... No need to wait. David is ready right now!

Comment by Silver Spear on 04-16-2020

[QUOTE=Verus;20516648]No, "American" is a national identity more than it is a cultural identity. There is no single American cultural identity. By way of example, the culture of the lower classes in the Bronx bears little resemblance to the culture of…

Comment by OldTerry on 04-16-2020

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;20514881]That's what Mexicans are, isnt it? Native blood mixed with Spanish blood? That's why they aren't called Aztecs or Spaniards...they are called Mexicans.[/QUOTE] What Mexicans are is tough and resilient. Same goes for many other ethnical groups.

Comment by Drigo on 04-16-2020

In sorry David but its look like Canelo is not going to take the risky direction towards you...

Comment by Kannabis Kid on 04-15-2020

[QUOTE=Caxcan;20516608]People are really getting into the weeds on this racial conversation, so to add a curveball-- David is actually half Ecuadorian from his mother but apparently identifies more with his Mexican side.[/QUOTE] Yeah he also has Cuban blood. People get…

Top Headlines
Billy Joe Saunders Dominates, Batters Martin Murray For Wide Decision Billy Joe Saunders vs. Martin Murray - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard James Tennyson Destroys Josh O'Reilly in One Round Lerrone Richards Wins Matchroom Debut, Shannon Courtenay Bounces Back Claressa Shields Shreds Savannah Marshall: She Lives Off That Amateur Win Clay Collard, Robeisy Ramirez To Stay Busy on Stevenson-Clary Card Errol Spence-Danny Garcia Weigh-In Results From Dallas Zach Parker-Cesar Nunez Pulled From Saunders-Murray Bill Due To Late Positive COVID Test Arum: Wilder Has No Rights To Third Fury Fight, Claim Will Be Denied Anthony Yarde, Lyndon Arthur - Ready For War Yunieski Gonzalez To Face Alex Theran in Miami, Florida Martin Murray: Saunders Fight A Few Years Late But We're Both Looking Forward To It Spence: Weird People On Twitter Told Me, 'I Wish You Would've Died' In Car Accident Mike Tyson: YouTube Stars Make Boxing Alive - UFC Was Kicking Our Butt! Saunders: Four, Five Weeks Not Enough Time For Smith To Prepare To Beat Canelo Martin Murray: I Don't Think Saunders Has Fought Anyone Like Me Nazarena Romero Battles Julieta Cardozo for Interim-WBA Title in Argentina Hearn Wants To See Tyson Fury at Ringside at Joshua-Pulev We Can't Know 'The Truth' About Errol Spence Until We See Him Fight Danny Garcia Ashley Theophane Reflects on Career as Sam Eggington Clash Nears Morgan Believes a Knockout is Needed To Defeat Tim Tszyu Foreman: If Mike Tyson Has 3 More Exhibitions Like That - I'd Back Him Over Any Contender Brandon Adams Demolishes Sonny Duversonne in Two Gor Yeritsyan Breaks Down, Stops Mahonri Montes in Sixth Brian Ceballo Decisions Larry Gomez Over Ten Rounds Ring City USA LIVE Results: Danielle Perkins Stops Princess Hairston Saunders: I Don't Blame Golovkin For Not Facing Me Berchelt Fends Off COVID, Eager To Get in The Ring With Valdez Fundora-Ahmed, Lopez-Santana, Ramirez-Flores - Face-Offs Mario Barrios Eyes Future Move To Welterweight, Spence-Garcia Winner Okolie In Search Of New Cruiserweight Title Fight Foe With Glowacki Out Anthony Yarde Will Be Looking For Fireworks, KO Win Over Arthur Danny Garcia: I Really Thought Spence's Career Was Over, Fight Wouldn’t Happen Anthony Joshua-Kubrat Pulev: No Ticket Priority For Families, Friends Anthony Yarde, Lyndon Arthur - Face-Off at Final Presser Billy Joe Saunders, Martin Murray - Ready For Battle Errol Spence vs. Danny Garcia Predictions: Fighters, Trainers, Hall of Famers Anthony Joshua Embraces 'Intimate' Scenario For Kubrat Pulev Fight Fundora: Just Trying To Make a Place At 154 And Hopefully Become Champion Billy Joe Saunders-Martin Murray Weigh-In Report From Wembley
Latest Forum Threads