Why David Benavidez is the perfect rival for Canelo Álvarez, according to Julio César Chávez

David Benavidez has been looking for a fight with Álvarez for some time. (Photo: @ benavidez300 / IG – EFE.)

Saul Alvarez It has several rivals on the horizon and the list still seems wide open. Nobody wants to let him go at this point in his career. In case of defeating the Congolese Ilunga Makabu and stick with the WBC cruiserweight belt, the Canelo you will have to deal with new challenges that test your limits. After reaching the four-time world championship, it seems that nothing in the Guadalajara career is impossible to achieve.

Some voices in the middle, like that of David Faitelson, cry out for a third fight with the Kazakh Gennady Golovkin. The two fights between the two gladiators left the audience speechless and thirsty for more. However, the age of GGG it would be a key impediment to that hypothetical confrontation that defines the trilogy. Russian names are also handled Artur Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol, both undefeated. Everything will depend on the weight in which Saúl decides to stay after the confrontation with the Congolese Makabu.

The greatest legend of Mexican boxing, Julio Cesar Chavez, has issued its verdict on the future that could await the fighter from Guadalajara. In an interview with Little Giant Boxing, the Grand Champion he was questioned about who should be Álvarez’s rival once the Makabu synodal had passed.

“Well, I really don’t have a preference, but I think the one who could complicate him all night is Benavidez. Because he is a boy who is not afraid, who is looking for an opportunity and has many qualities, “said Chávez.

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Canelo will try to beat Ilunga Makabu to win the WBC cruiserweight belt. (Photo: Instagram/@ilungamakabu.official)

Julius Caesar also spoke of the confrontation between Canelo and Ilunga Makabu, in which the Guadalajara will seek his fifth world title in five different categories. The Cease He recalled that there is always a risk of gaining weight, but he also stressed that the Mexican advantage is very wide and he has everything he needs to realize the five-time championship of the world.

“Gaining weight is not difficult for him Canelo, the truth has a privileged physique. Climb to 80 kilos, 85, and it looks perfect. I don’t know how he does it, but he has a privileged physique. The one he’s going to fight with, I don’t know him, with all due respect. I don’t know who it is. Always when one gains weight it is dangerous, but let’s see ”, explained Chávez about the price to pay that he has assumed. Canelo.

Saul Alvarez He has become a specialist in gaining weight to get more titles in as many categories as possible. Its differential merit lies in the fact that it has passed from intermediate categories (super welterweight, medium and super medium) all the way to the top in the pre-heavyweight ranking: that is, the light heavyweight divisions and now the cruiserweight divisions.

Álvarez has a new challenge, the cruiserweight belt.  (Photo: Caroline Brehman / EFE)
Álvarez has a new challenge, the cruiserweight belt. (Photo: Caroline Brehman / EFE) (CAROLINE BREHMAN /)

Within professional boxing it has become normal to see fighters jump from division to division once they have achieved their goals in a certain category. For example, Julio César Chávez was champion in three different categories: super feather, light and super light. The wide variety of categories has also allowed the championship chances to increase.

Álvarez ratified his dominance of the super middleweight by unifying the division’s four world titles. The intention of Álvarez and his coach, Eddy reynoso, is to reach a milestone in Mexican boxing: five titles in five different categories.

Juan Manuel Marquez could have done it in 2012, when he beat Manny pacquiao. The Filipino came from losing the title in a controversial way with Timothy bradley (May 2012) and lost to Dynamite in December.


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