David Benavidez shall be taking a pleasant tune-up combat this Saturday night time, March 13th towards Ronald Ellis on Showtime. This can be a Premier Boxing Champions occasion, beginning at 9 pm ET. Benavidez desires to look good in beating Ellis to make an announcement to the remainder of the 168lb division, significantly to Canelo Alvarez, who he feels is ducking him.
Benavidez (23-Zero, 20 KOs) not holds the WBC tremendous middleweight title after dropping the strap on the scales final August, however he’s hoping to place himself again able to combat for his previous title.
Benavidez’s combat with Ellis (18-1-2, 12 KOs) is a WBC sanctioned 168-lb title eliminator on Saturday night time on the Mohegan Solar On line casino, Uncasville, Conn.
Benavidez wish to be the one which faces WBA/WBC tremendous middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez in September, however for that to occur, he would wish to take IBF champ Caleb Plant’s belt from him.
If Plant would face Benavidez within the subsequent three months, the winner might meet Canelo in September for the undisputed championship at 168, and it might be a a lot greater combat. Plant shared with Canelo the dearth of curiosity in preventing Benavidez.
Sadly, Plant has determined that he desires to sit down and wait till September and face Canelo with out taking an pointless combat in between.
If this was a unique period with the old-time blood & guts kind fighters from the previous, Benavidez would don’t have any issues getting a combat towards the IBF champion, however not now.
Boxing has modified, and it’s extra of a enterprise with fastidiously managed fighters, who are inclined to face weak opposition to turn into paper champions, and so they bide their time till they’ll hit the lottery towards widespread guys like Canelo.
You hate to say it, however it positive does appear like that’s what Plant is doing.
With a victory over Ellis, Benavidez shall be Canelo Alvarez’s WBC obligatory, however that also doesn’t assure him a combat towards the champion.
Because of the World Boxing Council’s choice to make Canelo a Franchise champion, he can determine whether or not to take the combat with Benavidez or not.
This wouldn’t be a problem if the WBC already had one other champion in place at 168 like they do at 160. In that weight class, Canelo is the Franchise champion, and Jermall Charlo the WBC middleweight champ.
At 168, there’s solely Canelo holding the WBC Franchise tag, and there’s no means of forcing him to combat his obligatory if he decides he doesn’t need to take the combat.
Two weeks in the past, Canelo selected to defend towards his WBC obligatory Avni Yildirim, however that was towards his sparring companion, who hadn’t fought in two years and was coming off a loss.
We don’t know if Canelo selected to throw a bone to Yildirim out of friendship or if he’s planning at defending his WBC title on an annual foundation like regular champions
“After I had the belt, he went round all people, he provided all people a combat,” mentioned Benavidez to TMZ about Canelo. “I had by no means received, by no means. They by no means contacted me, they by no means mentioned nothing.”
Benavidez’s opponent Ronald Ellis has wins over these fighters:
- Matt Korobov
- Immanuwel Aleem
- Christofer Booker
- Jas Phipps
Ellis’s solely profession loss got here by the hands of DeAndre Ware in a slim 10 spherical majority choice in 2019. It will say loads about Benavidez if he can dominate Ellis, and knock him out as simply as he did his final opponent Roamer Alexis Angulo.