Benavidez or Crawford? Who Should Be Canelo’s Next Fight?

Canelo Alvarez Defeated Jaime Munguia in His Last Bout, and Fans Are Calling for a Matchup With Benavidez

It’s All About the Benjamins 💸

It’s hard to dispute that there’s a bigger star in boxing news than Canelo Alvarez right now. This past weekend, the fighting pride of Mexico added another glorious chapter to his career.

He secured another undisputed super middleweight defense, triumphing over his fellow countryman Jaime Munguia, a victory that instantly sparked the debate “Who’s next?”

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Boxing’s fan base and critics were already calling for a Canelo fight with David Benavidez, but following Saturday’s cakewalk, the echoes of this bout have grown stronger.

Alvarez will understand how “The Mexican Monster” is one of the fiercest potential challenges in front of him, but at this stage of his career, it’s all about money, and he’s calling the shots.

Ducking Benavidez?

“If the money’s right… I can fight [Benavidez] right now,” Alvarez commented. “I don’t give a sh*t. It’s only a matter of money at this point. Everybody is asking for everything.

“When I fought Lara, Austin Trout, Miguel Angel Cotto, Mayweather, Billy Joe Saunders, GGG, everybody said I don’t want to fight them, and I fought all of them. So right now… I can do whatever I want.”

Whether you believe Canelo’s next fight involves purposely ducking Benavidez or not, you can’t help but respect his brutal honesty regarding his reason for fighting.

He’s no longer focused on legacy; he doesn’t care about who’s stood in front of him. It’s monetary-based decisions that he’s making from here on out, and the star power he boasts is unquestionably in a position to do so.

That said, Canelo’s disdain for Benavidez is real; the storyline is set, and there’s no bigger fight right now. Aged 33, Alvarez (61-2-2, 39 KOs) has accomplished feats most professionals won’t, but Benavidez is the only option that will prevent critics from claiming he’s avoiding the real challenge.

Canelo vs Crawford in Saudi?

While it won’t completely satisfy boxing purists, ESPN’s pound-for-pound #1, Terence Crawford, is allegedly in the works.

The 36-year-old undisputed welterweight king was ringside for Canelo’s recent win, and it’s a super fight that boxing rumors could definitely get behind.

Crawford steps up to 154 pounds this August in a championship bout versus Israil Madrimov. Still, Saudi Arabia’s matchmaking ace.

His Excellency Turki Alalshikh, is already looking to the end of the year for a potential Canelo/Crawford showdown.

“When I started in this field, in the beginning [the promoters] competed against each other, but now we have managed to get them all to work together,” His Excellency said. “I’m working to deliver [Canelo], but it will be a big fight [for Crawford]. I’ll discuss with him the names.”

Canelo taking on Crawford is nothing more than boxing rumors right now. Still, there’s no denying that it would be a great consolation if Benavidez doesn’t enter the fray, as “Bud” would look to make history in becoming a three-division undisputed champion.

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