Jermall Charlo Wants His Shot Against Canelo Alvarez: “Make The Fight Happen Now”
By: Hans Themistode
Jermall Charlo watched closely from beginning to sudden end as Canelo Alvarez dominated Billy Joe Saunders. The two faced off last night at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas in a super middleweight unification bout.
Although the British product expressed an enormous amount of hubris heading into their showdown, Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) simply smiled as he warned Saunders that a beating unlike anything he’s witnessed was about to take place. Staying true to his words, Alvarez did just that as he shattered the right orbital bone of Saunders and forced him to remain on his stool for the beginning of the ninth round.
As Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) sat back and witnessed Alvarez put on a show in front of over 73,000 screaming fans, the Houston native has grown antsy in his wait to fight the Mexican star. Despite Charlo currently campaigning one weight class lower in the middleweight division and regardless of how much his WBC title means to him, the surly knockout artist is willing to risk it all to land the fight he craves mosts.
“F*ck the money, f*ck the fame, f*ck the networks,” said Charlo during an Instagram post. “I’ll lose my title and go to 168, make the fight happen now.”
For years now, Charlo has called for a shot to take on Alvarez. In 2018, Charlo successfully worked his way to the mandated position for the WBC middleweight title, which at the time, was held by Alvarez. While Charlo was hopeful that a showdown between himself and the Mexican native would become a reality, he was left apoplectic as Alvarez was instead, given the WBC Franchise title and made his move to the 168-pound division.
At the moment, Charlo is scheduled to take on middleweight fringe contender Juan Macias Montiel on June 18th. Should he walk away from their contest with the win, Charlo appears more than willing to make the move to the 168-pound division as long as Alvarez is prepared to give him the next title shot.
With Alvarez considered by most as the number one fighter in the world, Charlo’s desire to face him, in part, is due to his lofty status. But, more than anything, the Houston product is under the belief that their showdown is ultimately something that is necessary.
“Boxing needs to see this.”
Erislandy Lara: “Jermall Is Like Family But If We Got To Fight Then We Got To Fight”
By: Hans Themistode
Erislandy Lara remembers the blood, sweat and tears that were shed training side by side with WBC middleweight titlist, Jermall Charlo. For a number of years both fighters trained closely under the tutelage of Ronnie Shields. However, in late 2019, the Cuban star replaced Shields with Ismael Salas. Although they no longer stablemates, Lara (28-3-3, 16 KOs) remains extremely close to the Houston native. With that said, their paths may ultimately collide.
“Jermall is like family, more Jermall than Jermell,” said Lara. “We did work for a lot of years but this is boxing. I’m pretty sure NBA players are good friends but they got to play so if we got to fight then we got to fight.”
The thought of facing Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) never came across Lara’s mind until his recent move up in weight. The crafty southpaw opted to ditch the 154-pound division in order to make one more run in a second weight class.
With WBO titlist Demetrius Andrade, along with WBA champion Ryota Murata and IBF belt holder Gennadiy Golovkin wearing different promotional outfits, Lara knows good and well that a matchup with them could be out of his reach. In the case of Charlo, however, he could present the Cuban native with the easiest path to a world title since they both compete under the Premier Boxing Champions banner. Before Charlo mulls any decision of whether he would face Lara, he first will have to deal with John Montiel as the two are slated to face off on June 19th.
Although Lara will now face bigger and stronger men, if his last outing was any indication, he’ll seemingly breeze through the competition. This past Saturday night at Dignity Health Sports Park, in Carson California, Lara took on fringe contender, Thomas Lamanna, in his middleweight debut. It took the Cuban star just over one minute to take care of business, dropping and stopping his man with a straight left.
At the age of 38, Lara has abandoned his once defensive approach as he now looks to plant his feet and exchange on the inside. While he might be getting up there in age, Lara is unconcerned with the dust piling up on his birth certificate.
“I feel great. I don’t believe I’ve taken a lot of punches or punishment in my career. I believe I have at least another three years of prime boxing left.”
Eddie Hearn: “Champions Are Supposed To Fight Champions, Jermall Charlo Is Fighting, Ummm I Can’t Remember His Name”
By: Hans Themistode
Once again, promoter Eddie Hearn sat back in awe as he witnessed Demetrius Andrade do what he does best, dominate. The current WBO middleweight world champion was pushed more than usual against top contender Liam Williams. However, he was able to take care of business at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida late last night.
With another subpar name now plastered to the resume of Andrade (30-0, 18 KOs), Hearn was fuming following the win.
Over the past few years, Hearn has tried on numerous occasions to stage a contest between both Andrade and current WBC middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo. Yet, no matter how hard he tries and no matter how much money he throws in the face of Charlo, he continues to look the other way.
The Houston native’s refusal to fight Andrade makes no sense to the promoter, especially considering the newly announced opponent that Charlo will be facing
“Champions are supposed to fight champions,” said Hearn following Andrade’s win. “Jermall Charlo is fighting, ummm I can’t remember his name.”
The forgotten name of Charlo’s next opponent by Hearn is fringe contender Juan Macias Montiel. The two are slated to face off on June 19th, at a yet to be determined site. In the opinion of Hearn, Montiel simply follows a disturbing pattern for Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs). While the pugnacious knockout artist claims that he wants to unify the division, he has yet to show interest in making their contest become a reality.
If Charlo needs someone to emulate, he should look no further than his very own twin brother, Jermell Charlo, who is already a unified champion at 154 pounds and will look to become the undisputed king when he takes on WBO belt holder Brian Castano on July 17th.
“His brother is doing a great job, he’s going for it in the division fighting champions. I don’t know what he’s (Jermall Charlo) doing. If he doesn’t want to fight on DAZN, we’ve made him a massive offer. Demetrius will go and fight on FOX. It’s not a problem.”
More than anything, Hearn is seemingly growing frustrated with his inability to land a big fight for the undefeated southpaw. Although there is a long list of fighters that Hearn would love to throw Andrade in with, possibly none would be bigger than a showdown between Andrade and Charlo.
“Jermall Charlo against Demetrius Andrade is a big, big fight. It’s two great American world champions. Why are the champions not looking to fight Demetrius Andrade.”
Bernard Hopkins: “Look At Canelo As Being In Preseason, Jermall Charlo The One I’m Interested In”
By: Hans Themistode
Bernard Hopkins can hear the criticism coming from all angles. The former two-division world champion and current partner of Golden Boy Promotions may not be involved in the handling of Canelo Alvarez and his career anymore, but he still notices what’s going on around him.
The Mexican star is currently in the midst of training camp as he prepares to return to the ring against WBO super middleweight titlist Billy Joe Saunders in a unification bout on May 8th. Although a win for Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 KOs) would bring him one step closer to becoming the first undisputed super-middleweight champion of all-time, fans have pelted him with constant criticism surrounding who he’s facing.
In December of 2020, Alvarez handed Callum Smith a one-sided beating and subsequently relieved him of his WBA and Ring magazine super-middleweight titles while also picking up the vacant WBC belt as well. The pound-for-pound star quickly followed that up with a laughable title defense against mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim. Alvarez wasted no time in casting him to the side with a third-round knockout win.
While he looked impressive, fans have grown tired of seeing Alvarez in predictable matchups. Hopkins though, simply raises his hands in the air and pleads for patience. The fights most of the world has been calling for are right around, just allow Alvarez to take care of business first.
“These fights are warranted and there meaningful,” said Hopkins during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “Not for his legacy but for his restart, his recharge, his mind, his physical, his spiritual. What moves Canelo is to be active as much as he can. He’s fortunate to get in two fights on the backend of COVID. Most fighters, if not all, had to sit for nine to ten months.
“I’ve read some people have said he’s fighting nobodies but this is preseason for him. See, when you do preseason, it isn’t looked upon as the season. So look at Canelo as being in preseason. He has about one more preseason fight and then he will go right into the regular fighting season and you will see the matches.”
A win over Saunders would push Alvarez into the ring against IBF 168 pound belt holder Caleb Plant. The undefeated Tennessee native is someone that Hopkins respects. Former WBC titlist David Benavidez is another fighter that Hopkins holds in high regard as well. But neither of those aforementioned fighters he believes will give Alvarez his biggest challenge. In the mind of Hopkins, only a certain pugnacious knockout artist from Houston Texas can push Alvarez to his limits.
“Jermall Charlo, that’s the one I’m interested in.”
Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs), currently holds the WBC title one weight class in the middleweight division. Still, he’s stated on numerous occasions that he would have no issue making the eight-pound trek to the weight class of Alvarez in order to make their contest a reality.
Jermall Charlo: “Caleb Plant Don’t Want No Smoke With Me”
By: Hans Themistode
Jermall Charlo has made it no secret that he is interested in trading fists with former WBC super-middleweight champion David Benavidez. Although he currently campaigns one weight class higher, Charlo hasn’t backed down from his claim that he will not only move up in weight to face Benavidez but also that he would cause serious damage to him if their contest does in fact become a reality.
While Benavidez is his main target, Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) would have no issue with making a slight detour.
After taking a closer look at the super middleweight division, the Houston native is under the impression that while a matchup with Benavidez would end a knockout victory, the beating he would dish out to him wouldn’t compare to what he would do to IBF belt holder Caleb Plant.
“Caleb Plant don’t want no smoke with me,” said Charlo during an interview with Brian Custer on the Last Stand Podcast. “I’ll put that boy right back in Tennessee.”
Much like Benavidez, the issue with making any of these matchups a reality is that Charlo currently holds the WBC middleweight title and expressed a desire in unifying the division.
With Charlo last defending his title in September of 2019 against perennial contender Sergey Derevyanchenko in a one-sided match, the former two-division champion has remained idle on the sidelines. But while he has doesn’t have a concrete date set in stone for his next ring appearance, Charlo revealed that he wouldn’t mind taking on Plant as soon as possible.
In fact, Charlo is so confident in the outcome of that matchup, that he has no problem handing Plant the weight advantage on fight night.
“I’ll weigh in at about 162, 163 and beat Caleb Plant’s ass. Stop playing with me, he’s too small for 68 anyways.”
Currently, Plant (21-0, 12 KOs) is on a collision course with unified super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez.
On January 30th earlier this year, the Nashville, Tennessee native held up his end of the bargain as he easily outboxed long-faded former champion, Caleb Truax. With Alvarez scheduled to take on WBO titlist Billy Joe Saunders on May 8th, should he win, all that would be missing from his 168-pound belt collection is the IBF title currently draped over the shoulder of Plant.
If, for whatever reason, a showdown between the pair doesn’t take place, Charlo appears ready, willing and able to take on all comers.
“I’m down for whatever. I’m here to fight whoever.”
Mike Tyson On Canelo Alvarez: “I Would Like To See Him Fight That (Jermall) Charlo Guy”
By: Hans Themistode
Mike Tyson knows a great fighter when he sees one.
The former undisputed heavyweight champion recently spoke with Canelo Alvarez on his podcast, Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson. During their conversation, the pound-for-pound star mapped out the goals he has for himself which include a May showdown with WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders.
Tyson doesn’t expect Saunders, nor anyone else for that matter, to hand Alvarez a defeat anytime soon but there is one person he would love to see him step into the ring against.
“I would like to see him fight that (Jermall) Charlo guy,” said Tyson during an interview with Haute Living. “It’s going to be a good fight.”
Charlo, 30, has long called for a showdown with Alvarez but with the Mexican star currently campaigning one weight class higher, thoughts of their matchup ever coming to fruition have seemingly fallen by the wayside.
With that said, the Houston native has continued to hold on to the belief that his phone will one day ring with team Alvarez waiting on the other line. The confidence he’s displayed in actually pulling off the win has never wavered but in the eyes of Tyson, he doesn’t believe the WBC middleweight belt holder has what it takes to knock Alvarez off his high horse.
“I don’t think that guy is strong enough but I think that guy isn’t afraid. He’s smart and he’ll put up a good fight.”
Currently, the sport of boxing has a plethora of big names associated with it. From unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua to welterweight titlist Terence Crawford, the list of high-level fighters stretches a mile long.
But while those previously names and countless others are near the top of the food chain, Tyson believes no one can compare to Alvarez.
It isn’t just the obvious skills that he places on display that separates him. More than anything, it was the lessons he learned in the biggest fight of his life that have him head and shoulders above everyone else.
“He stands alone,” said Tyson. “He learned so much from that Floyd Mayweather fight.”
Jermall Charlo On David Benavidez: “I Campaign At 160 Bro But The Pressure Is On Me To Move Up To Fight This Clown?”
By: Hans Themistode
Jermall Charlo can hear the demands. He can also feel the squeeze placed on him by the boxing fans. For the past several months, Charlo has engaged in a back and forth war of words with former super middleweight champion David Benavidez.
With the Houston native claiming that he will leave Benavidez comatose if they ever fight, Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) has stood firmly behind his words. At the moment, however, Charlo doesn’t plan on facing him anytime soon. While he still believes he has work to do at 160 pounds, Charlo has become dumbfounded by the number of people who want him to move up to face the 24-year-old knockout artist now.
Regardless of the constant pleas from boxing fans, Charlo is in no rush to make the leap eight pounds north. In fact, if given the choice, he would much rather face someone else he has grown to detest instead.
“I campaign at 160 bro but the pressure is on me to move up to fight this clown?” said Charlo during an interview with Brian Custer on the Last Stand Podcast. “I’ll take the (Demetrius) Andrade fight before that. I’ll stay at 160.”
Although WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade has chased a fight with Charlo for years now, a deal between them has failed to materialize. In the mind of Charlo, a matchup with Andrade makes more sense on many levels. For one, Andrade, like himself, is a middleweight belt holder. In the case of Benavidez (24-0, 21 KOs) on the other hand, he is currently beltless.
While many have viewed Charlo as getting cold feet in an attempt to get out of the fight, the former two-division belt holder just doesn’t believe the fight makes any sense right now.
“I’m the WBC middleweight champion of the world. This dude fights at 168 and he has no belt, no title. I don’t get the duck situation. People just aren’t being smart but that’s part of the game. Me moving up to 168 to fight a nobody, with no belt, for nothing? I might as well go up to 168 and fight a champion.”
Terence Crawford: “When You Look At Canelo’s Career, It’s Like He’s Shied Away From The Black Fighters”
By: Hans Themistode
Terence Crawford has always been a supporter of Canelo Alvarez.
Just last month the WBO welterweight belt holder was sitting front row and center as he watched the Mexican star dismantle mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim via third-round stoppage at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Florida. Alvarez is currently scheduled to take on Billy Joe Saunders on May 8th, in an attempt to unify the British native’s WBO super middleweight championship with his WBC, WBA and Ring magazine titles.
While they have fought at different weight classes, Crawford has kept close tabs on the career of Alvarez. Although most have praised him for the numerous world titles he’s poached from several fighters, Crawford has noticed a trend when it comes to the type of opponents Alvarez has fought.
To be as blunt as possible, Crawford believes Alvarez is avoiding fighters of a certain racial group.
“When you look at Canelo’s career, it’s like he’s shied away from the black fighters,” said Crawford during a recent interview on SiriusXM Boxing. “I think the black fighters give him the most problems.”
In terms of African American fighters, Alvarez has fought a long list of them including Floyd Mayweather, Erislandy Lara, Austin Trout and most recently – Daniel Jacobs in May of 2019. Still, Crawford is under the impression that the dominant performances that Alvarez has put on display during the course of his career will come few and far between if he continued to lace up his gloves against African American boxers.
More than anything, Crawford seemingly has an issue with Alvarez ignoring two fighters in particular.
“He’s shied away from Jermall Charlo and (Demetrius) Andrade for a long time.”
Both Charlo and Andrade have long called for a showdown against Alvarez. On numerous occasions, they have both been in an ideal position to take on the Mexican star. In September of 2016, Alvarez stopped Liam Smith to capture his WBO Jr middleweight title. Before that occurred, however, Andrade held the WBO crown but was subsequently stripped due to inactivity.
Andrade hoped that Alvarez would fight him soon after but instead, the Mexican star opted to drop the title and face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at a catchweight of 164 pounds before officially making the move to the middleweight division.
In the case of Charlo, the surly knockout artist captured the WBC interim middleweight crown in 2018 with a second-round knockout victory over Hugo Centeno Jr. Several months later, Alvarez would win the full title against Gennadiy Golovkin. With Charlo holding the interim belt, he held the number one position to challenge Alvarez.
While the Houston native pushed for the fight to become a reality, Alvarez was instead stripped of his title and awarded the “Franchise” belt. That in turn freed him from making any mandated title challenges.
All along, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has claimed that Alvarez reached out to him to become “Franchise champion,” not the other way around.
Although Crawford believes he is shying away from both fighters, trainer of Alvarez in Eddy Reynoso, stated last year that a showdown between both Alvarez and Charlo has to happen.
Jermell Charlo: “Danny Garcia Can’t F*ck With Some Of The Dudes That Are Ranked Number Seven Or Eight”
By: Hans Themistode
Danny Garcia has put the entire Jr middleweight division on notice. Following his most recent defeat at the hands of unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. this past December, Garcia (36-3, 21 KOs) sat back and contemplated his next move.
Ultimately, the former two-division champion decided that it would be in his best interest to move up in weight. Garcia’s goal is to get acclimated to his new weight class before taking on some of the bigger names in the division in an attempt to once again become champion.
Unified Jr middleweight titlist Jermell Charlo caught whiff of Garcia’s decision to invade his division and appears unconcerned about the Philadelphia native. Those who are interested in seeing how a match between them will play out, will seemingly never get their wish as Charlo (34-1, 18 KOs) believes Garcia will struggle with those at the bottom of the Jr middleweight food chain.
“Danny Garcia can’t f*ck with some of the dudes that are ranked number seven or eight,” said Charlo on his Instagram live.
Currently, Charlo has his eyes on other opponents. With Brian Castano recently winning the WBO 154 pound title, Charlo would love the opportunity to face the Argentinian to strip him of his belt and fulfill his dream of becoming an undisputed world champion.
Other names such as Jarrett Hurd, Erislandy Lara and Julian Williams are also opponents he would love to take on as well. As for Garcia, Charlo is steadfast in his belief that not only would he struggle to defeat those ranked at the bottom half of the top ten, but also that he would struggle against an opponent that he made quick work of.
In October of 2017, Charlo scored a highlight reel level knockout over Erickson Lubin in the first round. Since then, he’s bounced back nicely winning his last five contests and finds himself as the number one contender for Charlo’s WBC title.
The Houstonian doesn’t view Garcia as a threat whatsoever. In fact, he believes Lubin would do a number on him if the two were ever to meet in the ring.
“Danny Garcia can’t f*ck with Lubin.”
Jermall Charlo On Possible David Benavidez Showdown: “He Gets Hit Too Much, I’m A Knock His Little Punk A*s Out”
By: Hans Themistode
If Jermall Charlo gets his hands on David Benavidez, he’s as confident as ever that the outcome won’t be a pretty one for the former super middleweight belt holder.
Charlo, 30, has spent the past several months calling for a showdown between the pair. Despite campaigning one weight class lower, Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) has offered to either face Benavidez (24-0, 21 KOs) at a catchweight or, simply move up completely to the 168-pound division.
Although the 24-year-old is fresh off a one-sided beating against Ronald Ellis this past weekend, stopping him in the 11th round, Charlo noticed several holes in his game.
“Let’s make that fight happen,” said Charlo on the Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer. “I’m a knock his little punk a*s out. I promise that. I put that on everything I love. I’ll give him about four rounds, five rounds, six rounds, no more. He gets hit too much. I’m powerful, I’ll explode on him trust me.”
Supremely interested in the bout himself, Benavidez has tabbed Charlo as the fighter he wants to face above all others. Currently, the Houston native is without a dance partner. He has sat idly by since his win over Sergey Derevyanchenko in September of 2020.
What was thought to be the most difficult contest of his career, turned into one of his easier ones as Charlo pounded the perennial contender over the course of 12 rounds. Following the victory, Charlo has shouted for Canelo Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin to take him on next.
Noticing that neither showdown seems likely for the immediate future, Charlo has turned his attention towards Benavidez.
Not one to back down from a challenge, the 24-year-old knockout artist has not only pursued a Charlo showdown but he has set a date of September as when he would like to step into the ring with him.
For Charlo, he appears to be all for making their contest a reality. Much like his moniker of “Lions Only” the former two-division world champion wants to remind everyone, including Benavidez that it isn’t just a nickname but more so a way of life.
“I do my thing, I been doing this all my life. Put me in there, I’m a lion bro, let’s get it.”
David Benavidez: “I Wanna Fight Charlo, He Said He Was Going To Move Up To 168 But Now He’s Back Peddling”
By: Hans Themistode
David Benavidez hadn’t even wiped the blood away from his gloves before turning to the camera and calling out his next opponent.
“I wanna fight Charlo,” said Benavidez during a virtual press conference. “I think that would be a great fight. He was saying all this stuff that he could knock me out, come do it.”
Just moments before daring WBC middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo to step into the ring with him, Benavidez handed fringe contender Ronald Ellis a one-sided beating at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville Connecticut. Each punch that Benavidez landed produced a smile on his 24-year-old face.
After relentlessly tormenting his man for the vast majority of their contest, referee Johnny Callas mercifully called an end to their bout in the 11th.
With unified champion Canelo Alvarez and WBO belt holder Billy Joe Saunders wrapped up in a unification contest that will take place in early May, along with IBF titlist Caleb Plant currently waiting on standby to take on the winner, Benavidez has given his undivided attention to Charlo.
On several occasions the WBC middleweight champion has stated that despite Benavidez campaigning one weight class higher, that he would have no problem moving up in weight and leaving the 24-year-old flat on his back.
Since his bold claims, Charlo has somewhat changed his tune. No longer is he interested in facing Benavidez at 168 pounds, instead, he has offered to take him on at a catchweight. Even if Benavidez were willing to accept his fight terms, Charlo outlined several other demands including Benavidez, along with anyone else he faces, taking a COVID-19 vaccine and refusing to take on anyone under the age of 25. Currently, that would make Benavidez ineligible to placate Charlo’s wishes.
With that said, the former two time super middleweight belt holder is now of the belief that even if he could alter his date of birth documents and get vaccinated, that Charlo would still be hesitant to put his money where his mouth is and make the fight happen.
“He said he was going to move up to 168 but now he’s back peddling. He was saying all this stuff that he could knock me out, come do it.”
While his preference is to face Charlo next, that doesn’t absolve the rest of the super middleweight division. Regardless of Benavidez being one of the youngest and least experienced fighters in his weight class, he won’t back down from his claim that it doesn’t matter who steps into the ring with him next. The end result will be the exact same.
“If anybody thinks it’s an easy task then come see me in the ring. I’ll show you otherwise. I’m willing to fight whoever, I’m not scared of anybody. I’m the youngest guy on this roster and I’ll knock everybody out.”
David Benavidez Wants Less Talking From Jermall Charlo: “If You Really Want To Show Me How Gangsta You Are, See Me In The Ring”
By: Hans Themistode
Jermall Charlo continues to hoot and holler in the direction of David Benavidez. The current WBC middleweight titlist has warned the super middleweight contender on several occasions that he wants to move up in weight and knock him clean out.
Never has Benavidez been one to back away from a challenge so it came as no surprise that he welcomed a showdown against Charlo with open arms. But as Charlo continues to bark in his direction, Benavidez is starting to realize that everything he’s doing is all for show.
“They aren’t calling me out,” said Benavidez during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “They’re talking sh*t for social media. I don’t really be on social media because I make stuff happen in real life.”
Benavidez, 24, is only a few hours away from taking on fringe contender Ronald Ellis at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. With their upcoming showdown pegged as a title eliminator, Benavidez believes he’s just within arms reach of landing a more significant fight. Just who exactly that would be against is a question the former belt holder struggles to answer.
While he admits that a fight with Charlo would be a significant one, he also knows that it takes two to tango. After jumping at the opportunity to face Charlo the moment he was called out, Benavidez slowly began hearing what he believes were excuses and hesitation from the Houston native.
“Charlo said he was going to knock me out and I told him I accept the challenge let’s fight. I’ll knock you the f*ck out. But then he said I needed a Covid vaccine. Then he said he wouldn’t fight anybody under 25. It’s nothing but excuses.”
Even with what Benavidez deems to be “excuses” Charlo continues to point and shout in his direction. Recently, the pugnacious knockout artist suggested a catchweight bout, rather than moving up to the super middleweight division.
In the mind of Benavidez though, that doesn’t make any sense. Charlo has always come off as an aggressive personality and should simply make the move eight pounds north to make things happen. All of that screaming and snarling is unnecessary in his opinion. If Charlo wants to prove that he’s as tough as he says he is, then Benavidez believes he should do less talking and more action.
“If you really want to show me how gangsta you are, see me in the ring. If Charlo wants to grow a set of balls, maybe we can get a fight.”
David Benavidez: “I Can Beat Canelo Tomorrow And I Can Beat Charlo Tomorrow Too”
By: Hans Themistode
Just because David Benavidez is currently beltless, that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be considered the best super middleweight in the world.
For the most part, that distinction goes to either unified champion Canelo Alvarez, or, to a lesser degree, IBF titlist Caleb Plant and WBO belt holder Billy Joe Saunders. Even with those aforementioned names possessing something he doesn’t, he still believes the question of who is the best in his weight class is an unambiguous one.
“If I’m not the best super middleweight, I’m the number contender,” said Benavidez during a recent virtual press conference.”
While Benavidez doesn’t have any world titles in his control, the former champion was never defeated in the ring. On two separate occasions, Benavidez lost his title due to outside circumstances. In early 2018, the Phoenix Arizona native was stripped of his WBC title due to a positive drug test for cocaine. Following his subsequent suspension, Benavidez returned to the ring and immediately won his world title back by defeating Anthony Dirrell.
Despite feeling appreciative for regaining his championship status, Benavidez was stripped of his title once again. This time, due to his failure to make the 168-pound weight limit in his most recent contest against Roamer Alexis Angulo in August of 2020.
In roughly 24 hours, Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs) is set to return to the ring to take on fringe contender Ronald Ellis. But while he’s fully focused on the task at hand, Benavidez is aware that fights between Alvarez and WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo are what fans are clamoring to see.
Although he is only 24-years-old, Benavidez believes he doesn’t need more experience under his belt before he takes on those challenges. In fact, if Ellis were replaced with any of those aforementioned fighters tomorrow, Benavidez is under the belief that he’ll be more than ready.
“I’m ready to fight whoever, whenever. I can beat Canelo tomorrow and I can beat Charlo tomorrow too. I’m ready to fight them whenever.”
For the hard-hitting former champion, his desire to face Alvarez mostly stems from wanting to be the best. In the case of WBC middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo on the other hand, Benavidez simply wants to punish him. The two have lambasted one another over social media recently over the past several months.
All of the nonstop back and forth trash talk, however, has annoyed Benavidez. At this point, he’s ready to fight. But according to the apoplectic knockout artist, he doesn’t believe the feeling is mutual.
“The people are going to start demanding these fights. If I’m ready to fight these dudes and I’m 24-years-old and these dudes are 29, 30-years-old, what does that say about them?”
Even If He Becomes His Mandatory, David Benavidez Doubts Canelo Alvarez Will Face Him: “He Has A History Of Vacating Titles”
By: Hans Themistode
David Benavidez doesn’t claim to know everything, however, he does believe he knows how his future will ultimately unfold.
Currently, the former WBC super-middleweight belt holder is patiently watching the clock in his hotel room as he waits for his upcoming showdown against fringe contender Ronald Ellis to finally arrive in what would be his first fight since losing his title on the scales late last year. The two are slated to face off in the main event slot at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Picking up the win this Saturday night is a foregone conclusion to the 24-year-old. But so is a matchup with current unified champion Canelo Alvarez.
“I know I’m going to be the undisputed champion,” said Benavidez during a recent interview with Fight Hub TV. “I know I’m going to be the one to beat Canelo. I’m just waiting for the opportunity.”
With his showdown against Ellis elevated to a WBC world title eliminator, Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs) could move one step closer to a matchup with Alvarez.
Well, in theory, yes, but in actuality, Benavidez doesn’t believe so.
“He has a history of vacating titles when he’s meant to fight a strong mandatory. He knows that I’m a threat.”
On numerous occasions, Alvarez has in actuality, vacated his world title. In 2016, two-division world champion Demetrius Andrade claimed that Alvarez avoided a showdown with him when he sat in the mandatory position for the Mexican native’s WBO Jr middleweight world title. Alvarez would, in fact, go on to drop his championship and instead, elected to take on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at a catchweight of 164 pounds. Four months later, Alvarez would then challenge Gennadiy Golovkin.
Similarly enough, current WBC middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo has shared a similar story.
Shortly after Alvarez successfully unified his WBC and WBA middleweight titles by taking the IBF crown held by then-champion Daniel Jacobs in 2019, Charlo called for his chance as he held the WBC interim crown.
Alvarez though, would have his title taken away from him by WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman and instead, replaced with the “Franchise,” tag instead. A new and still confusing term.
In those instances, Alvarez elected to go in another direction but in the case of mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim, the pound-for-pound star faced the Turkish product and made quick work of him, stopping in three rounds just a few weeks ago.
For the most part, fans fulminated over the selection of Yildirim as the mandatory challenger as he held that position even after he was defeated in his most recent fight against Anthony Dirrell more than two years ago. Still, for Benavidez, he wasn’t bothered by the entire ordeal.
The way he see’s it, Yildirim was better off stuffing his pockets with large sums of cash rather than receiving the same sort of beating at his hands for less than half the pay.
“I feel like I definitely deserved the mandatory spot to fight Canelo but if you look at it, Yildirim was mandatory since he lost to Anthony Dirrell two years ago. I really don’t have a problem with that. I feel like Canelo just wanted to stay active and that was probably the easiest fight available to him.
“Yildirim, at the end of the day, every fighter deserves to get paid. I feel like if I was going to fight Yildirim I would’ve knocked him out easily. At least now he made more money for getting knocked out.”
As it currently stands, the entire fight calendar of Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 KOs) this year is completely booked. On May 8th, he is set to take on WBO belt holder Billy Joe Saunders. Should he pick up the win, his goal would be to then move on to an undisputed showdown against IBF titlist Caleb Plant.
At no point has Alvarez mentioned the possibility of taking on Benavidez. But while most might take that as a slight, the 24-year-old views it as a compliment. Although he doesn’t believe team Alvarez would admit it, Benavidez is firmly under the belief that they know deep down inside just how dangerous he is.
“As much as they want to say that I don’t have experience and I have problems with the weight, at the end of the day, they haven’t taken the fight. They’ve been leaving me for last because I’m the hardest out of the bunch. If I was such an easy target, he would’ve taken my WBC title back then.”
David Benavidez: “The Person That I Just Want To Beat The Sh*t Out Of Right Now Is (Jermall) Charlo”
By: Hans Themistode
David Benavidez doesn’t like anyone in or around his 168-pound weight class. Over the years, the former two-time super middleweight world champion has had his fair share of public feuds.
Amongst them have been current IBF titlist, Caleb Plant.
Whenever an opportunity to name his most disliked fighter came along, Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs) wasted no time in naming the Nashville Tennessee native. Recently however, Benavidez has found himself sharing war words with another fighter. The back and forth rhetoric between the pair has now gotten to the point where he has officially usurped Plant as the one fighter Benavidez despises the most.
“The person that I just want to beat the sh*t out of right now is (Jermall) Charlo,” said Benavidez during a recent interview. “He was talking sh*t about me.”
For the Arizona native, he still struggles in his attempt to pinpoint when exactly his issues with Charlo first began. In his opinion, he has always held the surly knockout artist in high regard. Despite his fuzzy memory, Benavidez believes the line of respect was officially crossed. Now, there’s no turning back.
“The way this started off is they would ask me about Charlo cause they were saying he was going to come up to 168,” explained Benavidez. “I never disrespected him, I said it would be a great fight. I’m actually a fan of Charlo I like the way he fights. Stylistically he’s a brawler, I’m a brawler so you get nothing but fireworks at the end.
“I guess he must’ve felt some type of way about it because he was doing an interview and he was just like he would snap my f*cking neck and beat the sh*t out of me,” continued Benavidez. “So I’m like okay mother f*cker, your gonna beat the sh*t out of me? Well, let’s get it then.”
Although Benavidez gets increasingly agitated while discussing Charlo, the former multiple-time belt holder will get a chance to take out his aggression on fringe contender Ronald Ellis. The two are slated to face one another this coming weekend at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville Connecticut.
Should he get past Ellis, Benavidez could find himself as the mandatory challenger to unified champion Canelo Alvarez as his showdown with Ellis is a title eliminator.
But while he would love the opportunity to face Alvarez, Benavidez appears to be more fixated in taking on Charlo.
The current WBC middleweight titlist has made his feelings known in terms of facing the acrimonious Benavidez.
In numerous interviews over the past several months, the Houstonian has claimed that he would be moving up to the super middleweight division soon to get his hands on Benavidez. If, however, the former champion can’t wait until he is a full-fledged 168 pounder, then Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) has offered to take him on at a catchweight instead.
Nevertheless, Benavidez has declined Charlo’s catchweight option and implore’s him to make the move eight pounds north to face him in the ring.
With Charlo replacing Caleb Plant as his number one choice as his next opponent after he faces Ellis, that doesn’t mean that Benavidez has now acquired a soft spot for the IBF champion.
In the perfect world, the 24-year-old would rather face them both. But not over the course of several months but rather on the same night.
“I never disrespected him in any type of way but when you tell me your gonna snap my neck and your gonna f*cking knock me out, well you better keep your word. Now we gotta fight. I’m not gonna have anybody talk to me like that. Him, Caleb Plant, I’ll knock both of them the f*ck out in the same night.”