Minutes after David Benavidez won a unanimous decision over rival Caleb Plant in their super middleweight bout, chatter began about Benavidez taking on the top dog of the division, Canelo Alvarez, who is the undisputed super middleweight world champion, holding all four world titles.
Matchroom Boxing’s head honcho, Eddie Hearn, who is doing the media rounds in the lead-up to Anthony Joshua’s bout against Jermaine Franklin, this Saturday, April 1st, gave his take on the whole situation.
“Canelo will fight anybody,” said Hearn to Seconds Out. “Let me talk about ‘the Mexican Monster [David Benavidez]’, did you see what he did to Caleb Plant?”
Hearn, who appears to be a fan of Benavidez’s style, points to the fact that Dmitry Bivol is a naturally bigger man, has a style that has always troubled Canelo Alvarez, and holds a win over Alvarez, seemingly as the reasoning for why the fight might be tougher.
In the post-fight press conference, Benavidez called for the fight with Canelo Alvarez, with his father and trainer, Jose Benavidez Sr., next to him. The battle would pit one of, if not the greatest Mexican fighter of the era, Canelo Alvarez, versus, the most exciting modern Mexican-American fighter of this generation.
“I have a lot of respect for Canelo Alvarez, but he has to give me that shot now," Benavidez when speaking to the media after the fight. "That's what everybody wants to see in September.”