Matchroom Promoter, Eddie Hearn, has made his prediction for the proposed super-middleweight clash between David Benavidez and Demetrius Andrade – a battle between two undefeated 168 pounders.
Benavidez continues to push for the opportunity to challenge Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for the undisputed super-middleweight title, and a win over Caleb Plant on his last outing has convinced many that ‘The Mexican Monster’ could be the man to topple Canelo.
He has been called as the WBC mandatory challenger, but will be wary that he could lose that status if he slips up against Andrade.
‘Boo Boo’ is another man chasing Canelo and has been for many years. The Mexican was clear that the southpaw needs to record bigger wins if he is to get the fight, and they don’t get much bigger than Benavidez amongst the challengers in the division, both metaphorically and physically.
As an unbeaten two-weight champion, Andrade has always had the confidence that he can upset Canelo if given the opportunity, and he may get the chance to prove his doubters wrong if he can defeat the champion’s countryman.
In an interview with iFL TV, Hearn told of his expectation that Benavidez comes through the bout unscathed.
He also offered Billy Joe Saunders as a potential opponent for Andrade, whether he wins or loses, ahead of the Briton’s comeback after two-and-a-half years away from the ring.
“He [Saunders] has always liked the Andrade fight, I think that Benavidez will beat him, if and when they fight, but we will see what happens in that fight. Caleb Plant? There is loads of fights out there for him [Saunders].”
Benavidez-Andrade is expected to take place on November 25 on Showtime pay-per-view, with Las Vegas supposedly hosting one of the strongest remaining cards of 2023.