Following his impressive win over Jermell Charlo at the T-Mobile Arena this past weekend, the boxing world unanimously called for one name for Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez to take on next.
Alavrez dropped Charlo on his way to a unanimous decision victory in Las Vegas, before all conversations quickly shifted to what 2024 has in store for the Mexican icon.
Undefeated former world champion David Benavidez has long been viewed as Alvarez’ toughest test at 168lbs, and is a clear frontrunner to get the call to take on ‘Canelo’ next – in the eyes of fans, anyway.
Former world heavyweight champ and famed knockout artists, Deontay Wilder, has weighed in on the potential clash, telling KO Artist Sports that ‘The Mexican Monster’ was “way too big and strong.”
“I’m a big fan of Benavidez! He’s huge in his weight class, I feel like he’d be dominant if he moved up as well.”
“I just think he’s way too big and strong for Canelo. And I think Canelo knows the same thing.”
“I wish nothing but the best for all these fighters. It’s a great time for boxing and a lot of good matches are presenting themselves.”
Some pundits have even stated that Alvarez has been ducking a fight with Benavidez, so formidable has the latter looked in his recent performances against the likes of Caleb Plant, David Lemieux and Kyrone Davis.
With both men now signed to Al Haymon’s PBC, it seems like the timing could be right for one of the most enticing match ups in the entire sport.
The WBC are ready to help the case of Benavidez too, with its president Mauricio Sulaiman recently confirming that the fight would be ordered in March of next year.