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David Benavidez and Demetrius Andrade refuse to be distracted by Canelo Alvarez

David Benavidez and Demetrius Andrade. Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime

Super middleweight contender David ‘El Bandera Roja’ Benavidez 27-0 (23) insists he is not looking past Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade 32-0 (19) who he will fight at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 25.

The winner of the bout could be in line for a huge payday against Mexican superstar and unsisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 60-2-2 (39).

But the 26-year-old Benavidez says his focus, for now at least, is entirely on Andrade, 35.

“I’m not worried about Canelo Alvarez. I’m worried about Demetrius Andrade. I definitely believe the winner of this fight is the best super middleweight in the world,” Benavidez said.

Andrade concurred with Benavidez.

“Fuckk Canelo,” Andrade said. “This is bigger than that, this is way bigger than that. This is a real fight. “We’re not sitting here waiting for him. I’ve been telling people for a long time. We can’t be sitting here waiting for Canelo, Canelo, Canelo. Nah, David Benavidez versus Demetrius Andrade is a great and a big fight.”

The winner of the bout will be the concensus challenger to Alvarez.

“This is definitely the biggest fight of my career. I give Demetrius a lot of props. He’s a great fighter and a lot of people have been ducking him for a long time,” Benavidez said.

“Nobody wanted to give him the opportunity but now we came together and we have the opportunity to make a great fight happen. These are the fights I want. I want to make my own lane and face the best. Andrade is one of the best in this weight class.

“I know this isn’t going to be an easy fight but at the end of the day, it’s going to bring the best out of me. I’m a monster for a reason.”

In his last outing in March, Benavidez scored a 12-round unanimous decision victory over former IBF 168-pound champion Caleb ‘Sweethands’ Plant 22-2 (13). But Benavidez says Andrade is an entirely different proposition.

“Everything about Demetrius Andrade is different than Caleb Plant,” he said. “His fighting style. He’s a lefty. His combination selection is different. It’s up to me to do the homework and see what I can learn from him off his previous fights and then put in the game plan.

“He’s a world-class fighter and he’s not going to give me an easy fight at all. He’s hungry for the fight so that’s going to make for a great fight and the fans are going to be the ones who win. He’s a very technical fighter. He’s a champion in two different weight classes.

“When you get a fighter like this, it’s 50-50. He’s a threat to anybody. A lot of people wouldn’t take the fight with him because they know he’s a problem. But for me, I want to be the best.”