David Benavidez has revealed he is considering moving up in weight as he does not believe undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez wants to fight him.
Following his win over Caleb Plant earlier this year, many feel Benavidez is the biggest threat to Canelo at 168lbs and there have been widespread calls for a fight between the pair to be next.
However, with talk of Alvarez rematching Bivol instead, Benavidez explained to none other than Deontay Wilder that he’s planning on moving up to 175lbs after two more fights.
“I want to fight Canelo, but I don’t think he wants it [fight me], but we’ll see. I’m going to stay at 168 for two more fights then move up.”
Benavidez holds the WBC interim title, meaning Canelo, who holds the full version of the strap, will have to face him at some point or vacate the belt.
Pound for pound star Alvarez successfully defended his titles earlier this month with a decision win over Britain’s John Ryder.
55,000 adoring fans turned out in Guadalajara at the Akron Stadium, in what was the Mexican’s first fight in his homeland in well over a decade.
Despite his best efforts to land a stoppage in front of his countrymen and women, Canelo could not budge the Brit, who survived an early nose injury and a fifth round knockdown to take the fight to a decision.
Although he did not do enough to win a great deal of the rounds, ‘The Gorilla’ was competitive throughout the bout, and was described by Canelo following the contest as being the toughest test of any of the eight Brits to have faced him in the ring.