By Sean Jones: Jose Benavidez Sr says his son David will be on standby, ready to step in and replace Jermell Charlo if he’s injured in training for his September 30th fight against Canelo Alvarez.
That said, Jose Sr. says he doesn’t believe Canelo would accept Benavidez (27-0, 23 KOs) as a replacement for Jermell, but just in case he does, David will be ready to step in.
Jose Sr. sounds desperate, and he needs to have Benavidez move on because he’s never going to get the Canelo fight.
It’s not going to help Jose Sr having Benavidez training just in case Jermell gets hurt in camp, and the niceness campaign that he’s using is likewise a waste of time.
He’s already mouthed off more than a lifetime’s worth, and there’s no way that Canelo will forget all that’s been said already by Jose Sr and Benavidez.
It’s literally too late for Jose Sr and Benavidez to start smothering Canelo with compliments, hoping he’ll offer them a fight to make millions.
All the trash talk Benavidez and Jose Sr have done is secondary to the actual reason Canelo will NEVER fight ‘The Mexican Monster.’ Fans can guess the primary reason Canelo won’t fight him.
What Jose Sr should be doing is trying to have Benavidez create his own path to superstardom by fighting these killers:
- David Morrell Jr
- Dmitry Bivol
- Artur Beterbiev
- Joe Smith Jr
A good place for Benavidez to start would be Morrell, as he’s been calling him out, and he holds the WBA ‘regular’ super middleweight title.
Boxing fans already think Benavidez is terrified of Morrell (9-0, 8 KOs), so the only way he can convince them that he’s not is to agree to take this fight next.
Canelo expected to fight both Charlo brothers
“Because of the activity. We know that Jermall has been having problems and mental problems and going through problems. That’s what I hear,” said Jose Benavidez Sr to Fighthype on why he thinks Jermell Charlo has a better chance of beating Canelo Alvarez than his brother Jermall.
“He hasn’t fought for two years. There’s a reason for that. I just didn’t really give him a chance, to be honest with you. I think his brother could fight Canelo, and if Canelo beats him, he’ll probably stay motivated to keep training and has a lot of time to train, and maybe in 2024, maybe his brother [Jermall] is next.
“That’s a big possibility. Why not? I think it should be good. So hopefully, he can come back, stay motivated, and then he has a better
chance of beating Canelo.
“I think the best thing to do with this fight, if I was training Jermell, I would say box beat him, beat him on points. I don’t think you’re going to knock out Canelo.
Jermell must box Canelo
“I think Canelo’s stronger; he’s smaller. He’s slicker, he’s smaller, he can move a little bit better. Just box him and don’t stay in front of him, and he has a very good chance of beating him and getting a unanimous decision,” said Benavidez Sr on how he would train Jermell Charlo to try and beat Canelo.
“The reason I’m taking Jermell is because it could change everything. If Canelo was going to give David [Benavidez] an opportunity to fight, I would want him to win. I wouldn’t want him to lose, but I don’t think we’re fighting Canelo.
“Like I said, I don’t want to talk bad about Canelo no more. I’m just going to stay here and enjoy and see what happens while he’s here and who he fights because it’s full of surprises. So I’m just wondering who’s he going to fight next.
“If it’s the other way around [Jermell beating Canelo], I’m still confused. I don’t know what would happen. What’s going to happen with the belts?
“Undisputed against undisputed, but where is he [Jermell] going to stay? Is he going back to ? He hasn’t even fought at 160. So where does he go from there? Will he stay at 168 or 154? I don’t know.
“I can’t even imagine that,” said Jose Sr. when asked about a scenario where Jermell Charlo becomes the undisputed champion at 168 and then defends the four belts against David Benavidez.
“No, David is too big, too young for him [Jermell]. That wouldn’t even be fair because he hasn’t fought even at 160. So I’m thinking maybe if he wins the belts at 168, he’ll probably leave them again, and then they’ll probably make it mandatory to fight Canelo against the other Charlo [Jermall].
Canelo’s size too much
“Anything can happen. I don’t know. Let’s just sit back and enjoy the ride. It’s going to be a good fight,” Jose Sr said about the Canelo vs. Jermell bout on September 30th.
“I’m excited about it. Jermell has nothing to lose. He’s fighting a bigger guy. He’s fighting the monster of the division at 168. It would be something like Canelo against Bivol.
“Yeah, and look how Mikey Garcia looked,” said Jose Sr., comparing Jermell moving up two weight classes to take on Canelo to lightweight Mikey Garcia going up two divisions to face Errol Spence Jr at welterweight.
“I’m happy that he’s [Canelo] with PBC, and I’m happy that they’re making these big fights. We’ll just stay ready for whatever happens.
“Hopefully, he [Jermell] doesn’t get injured in training, but we’ll be ready just in case he gets injured. We’ll be ready. You never know what happens, but I don’t see David fighting Canelo or Jermell,” said Benavidez Sr.