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David Benavidez insists he is not looking ahead to potential Canelo Alvarez bout

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and David Benavidez. Photo credit: talkSPORT

David ‘El Bandera Roja’ Benavidez 27-0 (23) is not letting the prospect of a fight against undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 60-2-2 (39) distract him.

The 26-year-old former WBC 168-pound champion says he is fully focused on his next opponent, former WBO junior middleweight and middleweight champion Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade 32-0 (19) who he will meet at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 25.

Mexican superstar Alvarez, 33, remains the marquee name below heavyweight that everyone in or around the super middleweight division wants to fight.

Phoenix, Arizona’s Benavidez, who boxes out of Las Vegas, is no different. But he insists he is taking it one fight at a time.

“Well, to get to that road and to be that pay-per-view star, I have to do exactly what I’m doing. Keep facing the best fighters in the division,” Benavidez explained to Fight Hub TV.

“I don’t want to be that fighter just waiting for Canelo, I want to make my lane. I’m going to be the best of this generation by the time I’m done, so that means beating everybody good, everybody that’s ranked at the top of this weight division.

“I’m very prepared, I’m very focused and I’m willing and I’m embracing any challenge that comes my way.

“The journey doesn’t end until I retire. I feel like I don’t even want to think of like, ‘Oh, I’m almost close to getting that’ because then that’s when the brain turns off. I really want to be the best, and I want to beat everybody.”

Southpaw Andrade of Providence, Rhode Island has the experience and tricky style to make it a long night for Benavidez, who says he is going out there to make a statement.

“I really want to be dominant and I am going to do that, but even after the Canelo fight, what’s after that?” Benavidez said. “I got to maintain my dominance and I want to be the best; like I said, I want to be the best of my generation and I keep myself focused, keep myself training hard and motivated.

“No specifics in the contract. Sometimes, when these fights take a while, it’s not in my hands. I would like to fight five times a year, but sometimes a promotional company does what they got to do, and they got their dates, they got the venues, and stuff like that.

“So I really have no control of that, but the thing I do have control of is that I was working the whole time. I’ve been training this whole time. I only took two weeks off my last fight. I’ve been training for months. I love this. I’ve been getting better and better at it.”