Canelo reacts to Benavidez being called ‘Monster’: “It’s not the same to have me”

By Boxing News - 03/29/2023 - Comments

By Sean Jones: Canelo Alvarez reacted in annoyance & jealousy today about fans & media calling David Benavidez a ‘Monster,’ saying that it’s different when fighters like him and Gennadiy Golovkin are in the ring with him.

Canelo said it’s one thing for Benavidez (27-0, 23 KOs) to look good against other fighters, but it’s not the same if he were in with him.

Interestingly, when Canelo (58-2-2, 39 KOs) was asked if he was excited about the “challenge” of fighting Benavidez, he said, “I have a different goal with my career.” In other words, Canelo WON’T be fighting Benavidez.

If Canelo wanted to prove to the fans that Benavidez isn’t the ‘Monster’ that they call him, he could agree to fight him instead of swerving him and facing weaker opposition like John Ryder.

“You see a ‘Monster’ obviously with different fighters in the ring, but it’s not the same to have me with other fighters,” said a testy Canelo Alvarez to the media on Wednesday about David ‘The Mexican Monster’ Benavidez.

“We already saw with Golovkin. It’s not the same. They said he was a knockout artist and a monster, and in the end, what did he do? Everyone must know. Since they always have me there from the Golovkin era. Lara era,” said Canelo.

Many boxing fans thought Golovkin & Erislandy Lara were both robbed in their fights against Canelo. It doesn’t make sense for Canelo to bring those two fighters up as if he conclusively beat them because he didn’t deserve his wins over those guys.

“They said, ‘He’s not going to fight him. He is a monster.’ It’s not the same to have me than the other fighters.

“He was obviously going to win the early rounds,” said Canelo about Caleb Plant in his fight against Benavidez. “It’s different,” said Canelo when asked what it meant that he was able to knockout Plant and Benavidez couldn’t.

“The fact that he wasn’t knocked out doesn’t mean he’s [Benavidez] not a good fighter. There are simply rivals who lend themselves to him more than others.

“Maybe not the same, but he’s a good fighter, he’s a warrior, and he did a good fight,” said Canelo when asked if Plant looked the same to him as he had in the past.

“He’s a good fighter, but everyone said the same thing before I fought Golovkin. ‘He’s a monster. He’s going to knock out Canelo. He’s this or that.’  At the end of the day, it’s not the same being in the ring with other fighters than it is with me. It’s different.

“I like the challenge [of fighting Benavidez], but I have a different goal in my career. It’s a very hard fight for me, but I like the challenge. I been in the ring a lot of years in a lot of hard fights, but you can’t say no.

“Benavidez is a good fighter, but I’ve been in the ring with a hard fights with every single hard fighters there. 68,” said Canelo when asked if he’s going to be campaigning at 175.

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