David Benavidez makes it clear that he never begged for a confrontation against Canelo Álvarez, but rather has earned it, on the basis of his recent triumphs, along with his efforts in the squared circle.
In the press conference after his victory against Caleb Plant, Benavidez placed himself as the “big fighter”, someone that Canelo requires to continue his decorated professional career.
“I feel like Canelo Alvarez, he needs these fights, you know, a big fighter like me,” David Benavidez said at the press conference. “This is definitely a really big fight. You know, as you can see, me and Caleb Plant was a huge fight. So, I think [Canelo-Benavidez] would do huge pay-per-view numbers.”
So far, “El Bandera Roja” remains undefeated and wants to stretch his undented record. Currently holding the WBC interim super middleweight title. He has 27 wins under his belt, 23 of which were by knockouts.
David Benavidez wants to try his luck against Canelo
David Benavidez wants to take his confrontation with Canelo Álvarez as a challenge to see himself and everyone to know what he is capable of.
“And, I mean, let’s just take it back to fighting, man – I wanna prove myself,” Benavidez went on, “Canelo’s proved himself, but I feel like he needs to give me the opportunity, too. And it’s not like I’m begging for something. I’ve been mandatory for the past two fights. So, it’s something I’ve earned. You know, and especially after this fight, I showed that I deserve to be in there [with Canelo].”
Benavidez highlighted his defense, although it was not his main tool to beat Plant. However, the 26-year-old is very sure of the elements that he has to carry out his career successfully.
“And, you know, I wasn’t really getting hit as much. You know what I mean? My defense was good. I thought Caleb Plant was faster, so I was really countering, and I was using my head movement and defense good. I know I could get better, but I feel like the only fight that people wanna see in super middleweight is me versus Canelo, so let’s give it to ‘em,” added Benavidez. [H/T Boxing Scene]