Benavidez’s Promoter Lashes Out: Canelo’s Legacy at Risk Over Fight Snub

By Dan Ambrose - 02/16/2024 - Comments

David Benavidez’s promoter Sampson Lewkowicz has declared that they have been told Canelo Alvarez does NOT intend to fight Benavidez in 2024:

David Benavidez’s promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz, is furious about getting the bad news that Canelo Alvarez won’t face David Benavidez in 2024.

It’s good that Benavidez finally knows now, with it being told to his promoter, so he can give up on his deluded dream of the Canelo fight happening.

“Canelo’s legacy will be stained, because he did not fight the best at this time which is Benavidez. I think the children, maybe the grandchildren one day, will ask him why he did not fight Benavidez. He says he wants the best fights, but that’s the best fight, per

Time for Benavidez to Move On

Lewkowicz, counting on Canelo facing the unbeaten Benavidez, lashed out at Alvarez, saying his “legacy will be stained.” Whether it is or isn’t, it’s fair to say that Benavidez needs to take the hint and move up to cruiserweight already because there are no opportunities for him against Alvarez.

It just seems weird that Benavidez has stubbornly clung to hope that Canelo would give him the fight. How could he not understand that Canelo was never going to fight him?

It’s forlorn for Benavidez to continue to waste time at 168, waiting and hoping that Canelo (60-2-2, 39 KOs) will one of these days bless him with a fight when it’s obvious to everybody that he has zero intention of doing that. It’s not the end of the world for Benavidez that he’s not getting the Canelo fight.

What’s sad is how he and his team have failed to realize from the jump that it wasn’t happening because they shouldn’t have recognized the signs years ago that it would never happen.

Missed Opportunity, Or Opportunity Lost?

It doesn’t matter if Canelo’s legacy is hurt for failing to fight Benavidez. He’s rich beyond belief and will live happily once he retires. What’s essential for Benavidez is to use the remaining time of his career to get the most out of his potential and learn from this.

Benavidez is 27 and still young enough to have a good career at cruiserweight. That’s his best bet because he’s big enough to fight in that division right now, and it’ll be an empty one soon once Jai Opetaia moves up to heavyweight.