By Sean Jones: Eddie Hearn says Canelo Alvarez will agree to fight David Benavidez if he’s victorious next month against Demetrius Andrade on November 25th on Showtime PPV.
Hearn expects WBC interim super middleweight champion Benavidez (27-0, 23 KOs) to stop the former two-division champ Andrade, and once he does that, he’ll have a claim to face Canelo for his undisputed championship.
A win for Benavidez over Andrade (32-0, 19 KOs) would leave Canelo with no choice but to fight him because the WBC has already made it known that he must defend against the ‘Mexican Monster’ by next March.
There’s no one else for Canelo to fight that would give him an excuse for swerving Benavidezs, as he’s not interested in fighting Terence Crawford or trying to avenge his loss to Dmitry Bivol.
If Canelo Alvarez decides to fight the inactive middleweight champion Jermall Charlo, he will likely be heavily criticized and ridiculed by fans nonstop. It would be akin to waving a red flag in front of fans who would then turn on him.
Canelo will fight Benavidez
“When you look at Canelo, you got to look at where the real challenges are coming from. Benavidez against Andrade is a good fight. I expect Benavidez to stop Demetrius Andrade, and when he does, I think he’s going to make a real claim to fight Canelo Alvarez, and I think Canelo at that point will take the fight,” said Eddie Hearn to Fighthype.
“I think it will be that big that he will take it, and I don’t think he’s afraid of David Benavidez. Canelo isn’t afraid of anyone, and he will fight everybody. The deal’s got to be right, of course, but he’ll still fight them.
“Too many people are too passive and disappointed with Canelo Alvarez. Look at [Jermell] Charlo. I was going to say disgraceful, but I feel like that’s disrespectful to a fighter. But it was like you’re getting whatever he got 8 million, 10 million. You didn’t really try and win the fight, did you?
“So you need young, hungry fighters that are going to go in. I think Caleb Plant did really well [against Canelo]. I thought Billy Joe Saunders did well. These are guys who didn’t really show any respect or fear, and I feel like Benavidez is one of those guys,” said Hearn.
Crawford too small to beat Canelo
“I think [Terence] Crawford would be another one of those guys,” Hearn continued. “Crawford’s a winner and would do everything to try and win that fight. He’d take chances, but I think he’s too small, and I think you’re going to get beat.
“Crawford’s only going to get beat by being too small, and I think against Canelo Alvarez, you’re not talking about two divisions like Charlo.
“You’re talking about three divisions, and as good as he is and as good as his movement is, I just don’t think he beats Canelo.
“No, I don’t,” said Hearn when asked if he thinks Benavidez beats Canelo after watching Alvarez’s fight with Jermell Charlo. “You never really know with Saul how he is or what he’s got left because he’s a very proud man.
“So I saw more than most, but I still didn’t see everything. So when you see him after a fight, and obviously he came off the operation, and you know his knee’s not great, certain fights that he went into, he definitely wasn’t 100% in, but I do feel that the Charlo fight, he was up for that fight.
“I feel like physically he was better, mentally he was in a good place, and if he’s good physically, I think he’ll beat Benavidez. I think he’ll beat Crawford, but I’m biased because I love Canelo.
“Of course,” said Hearn when asked if Canelo is still his boy. “I just take people how they treat you. Canelo Alvarez, we promoted six of his fights. We made him an absolute fortune, hundreds of millions of dollars.
“He made us a lot of money. We put on the great shows together, and we made history. He and Eddy Reynoso were always great fun, good guys socially, in boxing,” said Hearn.