Home Boxing News David Benavidez denies David Morrell fight is in play, says he has...

David Benavidez denies David Morrell fight is in play, says he has another opponent in mind

David Benavidez

WBC interim super middleweight titleholder David ‘El Bandera Roja’ Benavidez 27-0 (23) has denied talks have taken place between his camp and WBC ‘regular’ titleholder David Morrell 9-0 (8).

Sampson Lewkowicz, who promotes Cuban southpaw Morrell, 25, said this week that his boxer would face the 26-year-old American in October or November.

“We have an agreement. This is the plan,” Lewkowicz said to Fight Freaks Unite. “We are with the same network. It’s easy to get an agreement.

“I strongly believe it will be more competitive than it would be with Canelo Alvarez. I believe Canelo wouldn’t go past six rounds with Benavidez, and with Morrell.”

But Benavideaz has hit back at these comments and revealed the the new contender in his weight class he wants to fight.

“There’s no fight with Morrell lined up,” Benavidez said to FightHype. “I just seen that [on Monday], that supposedly they said I agreed to the fight. I’m like, ‘Man, this is my first time seeing about this’.

“You know, we’re not fighting Morrell. So everything that’s been coming out, saying that we agreed to the fight, I haven’t even seen anything [contract-related]. I didn’t agree to anything. I’m trying to make the big fights happen.

“Right now, we’re trying to look, we wanna make happen, we want to fight Jaime Munguia. He came up to 168. I think that would be a great fight, two big names. But if we can’t get him, we’ll probably do Morrell. But I’m just saying, man, there’s a lotta fake news out there. If it doesn’t come from me, then it’s not official.”

Former WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia 42-0 (33) is fresh of a unanimous decision victory over a determined Sergiy Derevyanchenko 14-5 (10) at Toyota Arena in Ontario, California on June 10.

But the fight Benavidez covets the most is a shot at undisputed 168-pound champion and Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39).

“I’ve just been waiting, trying to see what’s gonna happen,” Benavidez said. “I was excited because I thought that we were gonna make the fight happen with Canelo. Obviously that’s what everybody’s been wanting to see.

“PBC and Al Haymon sent him a very lucrative offer. So, I was confident it was gonna happen, but unfortunately he went another route and now we’re looking for different options right now.”

The rumour is that Alvarez will face WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo 32-0 (22) instead, who has not boxed in two years due to personal issues.

“I don’t know what’s going on,” Benavidez said. “I don’t like to disrespect fighters and say that he’s scared and this and that. But they didn’t even reply to the offer. It’s one thing that’s saying you can turn it down or you tell ‘em, ‘We’re just gonna wait one more year, try and get some more money’ or whatever. They didn’t even reply to it.

“So imagine you got a deal on the table for $45 million and nobody replies. Like I don’t know what else to say. I mean, he don’t wanna fight me. He’d rather negotiate with somebody that hasn’t fought in years. No disrespect to Charlo, but he still hasn’t fought in years. He’s gonna have ring rust.”