Canelo Alvarez’s legacy questioned by David Benavidez’s promoter after two mega-fights ruled out

Canelo Alvarez’s legacy questioned by David Benavidez’s promoter after two mega-fights ruled out

Feb 18, 2024

David Benavidez’s promoter Sampson Lewkowicz claims Canelo Alvarez has ruled out a fight with his client in 2024.

Mexican superstar Canelo is widely considered one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in history and currently holds all four belts in the super-middleweight division.

Fans have been left guessing over Canelo's next opponent


Fans have been left guessing over Canelo’s next opponentCredit: Getty

He is set to fight twice in 2024, on May 4 and September 16, with his opponents yet to be revealed.

However, boxing fans now know who Canelo will not be fighting this year, and it will come as a big disappointment.

The 33-year-old recently ruled out a fight against pound-for-pound king Terence Crawford, who is keen to jump weight classes and fight Canelo.

Meanwhile, 28-0 super-middleweight contender Benavidez has also been snubbed by Canelo in recent days, according to his promoter.

“Canelo Alvarez will make his legacy and his legacy will be stained, because he did not fight the best at this time which is Benavidez,” Lewkowicz argued.

“I think the children, maybe the grandchildren one day, will ask him why he did not fight Benavidez, because he [Canelo] says he wants the best fights, but that’s the best fight.

“Now he says he’s going to fight an American [in Las Vegas on May 4], at one moment in the contract it was [Jermall] Charlo, now we don’t know who the American might be.

“We have an idea of who it might be, but since I’m not involved in those negotiations I can’t say who it is because I don’t know, but I do know that Canelo’s legacy will be tarnished.”

Benavidez believes he's ready to take on Canelo


Benavidez believes he’s ready to take on CaneloCredit: Getty

Canelo has declared he will fight a fighter from the USA, with WBC middleweight champ Jermall Charlo considered the most likely opponent.

Charlo had seemingly confirmed he would avenge his twin brother Jermell’s loss to Canelo in September by facing the 33-year-old next.

Jermall Charlo declares he’s had no Canelo Alvarez talks for a fight in May as he holidays in Canada

He took to Instagram to share a picture of the four-weight champion, with the caption reading: “Canelo fighting Jermall Charlo May 4.”

But he almost immediately backtracked, taking to social media again while on holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Speaking to the camera from a boat, unbeaten Charlo, who outpointed Jose Benavidez Jr in November, told his fans: “I haven’t even talked to [manager] Al Haymon since I last fought.

“So everybody that keeps talking about, ‘Oh you’re about to fight Canelo,’ – ain’t no confirmation. I’m in the islands somewhere! You’ve got to chill out.”


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