Trainer of Deontay Wilder, Malik Scott, has shared his prediction ahead of a potential undisputed super-middleweight title clash between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and David Benavidez – although he believes it may struggle to get made.
Benavidez has been extremely vocal in his consistent call-outs of Alvarez, who has seemed either reluctant or too occupied with other opponents to take the fight over the last couple of years.
However, should Benavidez keep his WBC mandatory position, it seems Canelo must either face him or vacate the world title, which Benavidez believes he should be stripped of, if the pair don’t meet in the ring next.
In an interview with Fight Hype, Scott beamed at the prospect of the spectacle, in which he favours the challenger, but feared that the showdown may have a ‘Anthony Joshua-Deontay Wilder’ effect and fail to take place.
“I look at certain fighters and they remind me of, and I say this with all due respect, some gangster cartel s**t . That’s what Benavidez reminds me of, and I heard that they [Canelo and Benavidez] used to box each other and it was beautiful. Do you know what I would have done if I saw them in the gym together, sparring each other? I would get my notepad out and I would sit there, with tonnes of humility, and take notes.”
I would most definitely love to see Canelo fight Benavidez, but that may be something that has the Joshua-Wilder effect too, the Riddick Bowe-Lennox Lewis effect, a great fight that may not happen. In my opinion [because of Canelo].
“Absolutely [I favour Benavidez]. S**t yeah. I would go with Benavidez in that fight, but I love Canelo, I love what he’s doing.”
Before Benavidez can challenge to become a three-time world champion, he must first defeat Demetrius Andrade, who he is set to face on November 25 in Las Vegas, Nevada.