David Benavidez focused after missing out on Canelo
Eddy Reynoso is not just an excellent fitness instructor, however he has an eager sense of boxing history. The veteran fitness instructor is the guy accountable for Canelo Alvarez’s quote to end up being the undeniable extremely middleweight champ.
Alvarez would end up being the very first Mexican to hold all 4 approving body belts if he gets the WBO and IBF belts, presently held by Billy Joe Saunders and Caleb Plant, respectively.
The guy who may represent the most significant risk to Alvarez’s objective to merge at extremely middleweight, however, won’t get the shot, and it has absolutely nothing to do with Alvarez being afraid of him.
David Benavidez is 23-0 with 20 KOs, however is a previous WBC 168-pound champ since he missed out on weight his last time out. He ended up stopping Alexis Angulo after 10 uneven rounds, however since he’d missed out on weight by 2 3/4 pounds, the belt was just at stake for Angulo.
Benavidez is just 24, and will have a great deal of chances at mega-fights. However losing on a match with Alvarez, not just the pound-for-pound finest fighter worldwide however the most significant attract the sport, hurt.
Resilience, though, comes with being young, and Benavidez has been able to shrug off whatever disappointment came when he failed to make weight.
“It doesn’t make it burn at all,” Benavidez said of missing out on the opportunity to be in the mix to fight Alvarez. “The thing that matters to me in my career is that I’m working extremely hard. There are still a lot of opportunities in front of me. I just turned 24 years old and I feel I have at least 10, 12 years left in boxing. I have enough time. Right now, what I need to do is to give the fans the performances they want to see and the stoppages they want to see.”
He’ll get the opportunity to do that Saturday (9 p.m. ET, Showtime) when he challenges Ronald Ellis — a one-time Alvarez sparring partner — at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.
The message that Benavidez wants to get out, though, is that he didn’t miss weight against Angulo because he was snacking between training sessions or got lazy.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Showtime created a bubble for its shows at Mohegan Sun. Benavidez hadn’t been in it prior to fighting Angulo and didn’t have what he needed when he got there to cut weight.
Every fighter faced the same issue, but Benavidez is a big guy and, because he’s been fighting professionally since he was 16, has his way of shedding the weight down.
“It affected me a lot, because the last week is the most crucial week [of a weight cut],” Benavidez said of being in the bubble for the first time. “You have to work. You have to put more hours in the gym. You need to be outside a little longer, and all of these elements were taken away. The thing that threw me off the most is that once we got there, we had to quarantine for two days. After when you’re allowed to leave — we got there on Monday and were allow to leave [our rooms] on Wednesday — we were only able to go to the gym.
“They had treadmills and an elliptical machine there, but we were only able to use that for an hour. We had to make a lot of adjustments. Now, I know how everything works. I know the protocols and I’m more aware of things.”
More than a week before the fight, Benavidez was 171 pounds, compared to 175 on the Monday before his fight with Angulo.
So now, he doesn’t need to worry about missing weight. He put a photo on social media Tuesday that shows he already weighs 168 pounds. He’s eager to get back in and remind everyone why many consider him one of the finest fighters under 25 in the world.
“I’m extremely happy with how camp’s went and the only thing left to do is put on a great performance and get a great stoppage victory,” Benavidez said.
He won’t be in the Alvarez sweepstakes immediately, however Alvarez is a fierce competitor. He fights Saunders on May 8 and if he wins, will face Plant in the fall.
If Alvarez becomes undisputed, he’d undoubtedly seek to combat the best available opponent in his first defense.
There would be no one better at that stage than a former two-time champion who, if things go his method, would still be undefeated.
This is among those cases for Benavidez where time really will recover all injuries.
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.