Rumor: Could David Benavidez Fight David Morrell Next?

Mere days after the pay-per-view bout that was David Benavidez versus Caleb Plant, the boxing world is ready to do what it always does; theorize who could possibly fight “The Mexican Monster” Benavidez next.

Benavidez looked as good as ever, as he defeated a true professional of the sport of boxing, Caleb Plant, en route to a unanimous decision win over the former world champion, and now being viewed as a top draw in the sport of boxing - at least in the super middleweight division. Benavidez’s trainer and father, Jose Benavidez Sr., caught up with Marcos Villegas of FightHubTV as he discussed what could be next for his son.

“Like I said we already have a contact for three fights,” said Benavidez to FightHubTV’s Marcos Villegas. “[the three fights are] Caleb Plant, David Morrell, “Boo Boo” [Demetrius Andrade], and the possibility of [Jermall] Charlo, but if Charlo doesn’t get his act together, he hasn’t fought for two years, so [we’re] not going to wait here to see when [Charlo] wants to fight."

The elephant in the room is that Canelo Alvarez, who is fighting John Ryder in May, seems to be fighting Dmitry Bivol in September, meaning Canelo is not going to be fighting David Benavidez this year. 

That leaves three names for Benavidez as mentioned above Demetrius Andrade, who returned in January of this year, Jermall Charlo, who stated he will be coming back after a nearly two-year hiatus from the sport, and David Morrell. Morrell seems the most plausible as the WBA president Gilberto Mendoza suggested the fight between Benavidez and Morrell be next. The two have had previous bickering on social media prior as you can see below from a press conference, prior when both teams made videos that were not complimentary of the other team.

“First of all about the [David] Benavidez trolling thing,” stated Morrell during a media call five months ago. “It wasn’t that we were trying to troll him or nothing like that, because David’s dad [Jose Benavidez Sr.] had said something that was taken totally out of context by him and I feel like I was misquoted by something that they posted on social media. So my team felt it was only right to respond to that, and I agree I feel [we were] within [our] right to clap back at team Benavidez.