David Benavidez: “I’m a better fighter than Callum Smith”

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WBC super middleweight champion David ‘El Bandera Roja’ Benavidez 22-0 (19) believes WBA 168-pound kingpin Callum ‘Mundo’ Smith 27-0 (19) would make the perfect opponent.

Smith laboured to a 12-round points win over John ‘Gorilla’ Ryder 28-5 (16) in Liverpool, England on the weekend.

The undefeated two-time world titleholder was unimpressed by Smith’s performance.

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“He looked like he was having a really hard time with a guy who had lost to Rocky Fielding and been knocked out,” Benavidez, 22, said to Fightnews.

“I thought he was going to look really impressive, but that’s not what happened. I’m obviously a better fighter than him and he’s the perfect opponent for me. I saw things in his style I could really work with.”

Another name in the mix is IBF champion Caleb ‘Sweethands’ Plant 19-0 (11). Benavidez believes he would be too big for the undefeated 27-year-old.

“I don’t feel like he’s a true super middle. I think he weighs 170 walking around. Once he gets in with a tough fighter like me, he won’t be able to keep me off him,” he said.

“All I need is one punch and I don’t think he’d be able to keep me from landing it for 12 rounds.

“He’s a good boxer, but it’s a fight and I’m the bigger guy naturally and I hit a lot harder. That’s a fight we can make in a heartbeat.”

The main goal for Benavidez is to land a shot at boxing’s money man, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 53-1-2 (36).

“And then you have Canelo, the big dog. That’s my main goal right now,” Benavidez said.

“I want to be great in my sport and be the best of my generation, beating him would take me a long way toward that. That’s what keeps me working hard every day.

“All I have to do is stay on track and I will make it all happen.”


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