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Jose Benavidez Sr: “Canelo Alvarez should stick to golf”

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez. Photo credit: Getty Images

Mexican superstar and undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 58-2-2 (39) doesn’t feature in the future plans of David ‘El Bandera Roja’ Benavidez 26-0 (23).

That’s the word from the father of the interim WBC 168-pound titleholder, Jose Benavidez Sr, who says we have already seen the best of Alvarez as a boxer.

“I consider him – with all due respect – done as a fighter,” Benavidez Sr told IZQUIERDAZO. “He is worn out. First we saw him with a knee injury and now he injured his hand.

“Now we can see that Canelo is starting to drink, he is starting to enjoy life and he has all the right to do that because he has been a very disciplined fighter.

“I think that he has many businesses now and is not focused 100% on boxing.

“Now he is playing golf, a sport that needs a lot of time and dedication. My opinion is that Canelo should stay at golf and start a career there. I have heard that he is very good at golf and there is no age limit to play that sport.”

Alvarez, 32, is expected to take on veteran WBO interim titleholder John ‘The Gorilla’ Ryder 32-5 (18) in his next bout in May and has also been linked to a fight against talented but largely untested Edgar ‘The Chosen One’ Berlanga 20-0 (16).

“Canelo has given everything he could against elite opposition,” Benavidez Sr said. “Now he only has to look for fighters like Ryder or Berlanga. He is no longer at the level to challenge elite rivals. He is in the position to fight rivals that don’t pose any threat for him.

“He used to say that David Benavidez didn’t bring anything to the table for him, that David Benavidez didn’t deserve the fight, that David hasn’t fought anybody. But just tell me, with whom did [Avni] Yildirim fight? Against whom did Ryder fight?”

Benavidez Sr says his son will have three more bouts at super middleweight before a possible move up to the light heavyweight division.

“I have bad news to everybody: there will not be a fight between David Benavidez and Canelo. Forget about that fight, we have other horizons,” Benavidez Sr said.

“We have a contract for three fights with [WBA ‘regular’ super middleweight titleholder David] Morrell, [WBC middleweight champion Jermall] Charlo and [former two-weight titleholder Demetrius] Andrade.

“Those are very good fights, names that Canelo Alvarez didn’t want to fight. So we are going to fight with them to show who we are.

“Maybe next year, David’s body might change. And we are ready to go to 175 and we can fight [WBA champion and Alvarez conqueror Dmitry] Bivol. We would get revenge for Canelo. Bivol is a dangerous fighter and it would be an honor for us to have revenge for Mexico.

“I think Bivol and [WBC, WBO and IBF champion Artur] Beterbiev are willing to fight anybody. They are not looking for easy fighters, they don’t ask to put clauses, don’t demand that much. They are true fighters that really want to fight any rival.”