Eddy Reynoso shouldn’t be solely an important coach, however he has a eager sense of boxing historical past. The veteran coach is the person accountable for Canelo Alvarez’s bid to develop into the undisputed tremendous middleweight champion.
Alvarez would develop into the primary Mexican to carry all 4 sanctioning physique belts if he picks up the WBO and IBF belts, presently held by Billy Joe Saunders and Caleb Plant, respectively.
The person who would possibly signify the largest risk to Alvarez’s objective to unify at tremendous middleweight, although, gained’t get the shot, and it’s nothing to do with Alvarez being terrified of him.
David Benavidez is 23-Zero with 20 KOs, however is a former WBC 168-pound champion as a result of he missed weight his final trip. He wound up stopping Alexis Angulo after 10 lopsided rounds, however as a result of he’d missed weight by 2 three/four kilos, the belt was solely at stake for Angulo.
Benavidez is simply 24, and can have a number of alternatives at mega-fights. However shedding out on a match with Alvarez, not solely the pound-for-pound greatest fighter on this planet however the largest draw within the sport, damage.
Resilience, although, comes with being younger and Benavidez has been in a position to shrug off no matter disappointment got here when he did not make weight.
“It doesn’t make it burn in any respect,” Benavidez stated of lacking out on the chance to be within the combine to combat Alvarez. “The factor that issues to me in my profession is that I’m working extraordinarily arduous. There are nonetheless a number of alternatives in entrance of me. I simply turned 24 years previous and I really feel I’ve at the least 10, 12 years left in boxing. I’ve sufficient time. Proper now, what I have to do is to offer the followers the performances they need to see and the stoppages they need to see.”
He’ll get the chance to do this Saturday (9 p.m. ET, Showtime) when he challenges Ronald Ellis — a one-time Alvarez sparring companion — on the Mohegan Solar On line casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.
The message that Benavidez desires to get out, although, is that he didn’t miss weight towards Angulo as a result of he was snacking between coaching classes or bought lazy.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Showtime created a bubble for its reveals at Mohegan Solar. Benavidez hadn’t been in it previous to combating Angulo and didn’t have what he wanted when he bought there to chop weight.
Each fighter confronted the identical challenge, however Benavidez is an enormous man and, as a result of he’s been combating professionally since he was 16, has his method of shedding the load down.
“It affected me so much, as a result of the final week is probably the most essential week [of a weight cut],” Benavidez stated of being within the bubble for the primary time. “It’s a must to work. It’s a must to put extra hours within the health club. That you must be exterior just a little longer, and all of those components had been taken away. The factor that threw me off probably the most is that when we bought there, we needed to quarantine for 2 days. After if you’re allowed to go away — we bought there on Monday and had been permit to go away [our rooms] on Wednesday — we had been solely in a position to go to the health club.
“They’d treadmills and an elliptical machine there, however we had been solely ready to make use of that for an hour. We needed to make a number of changes. Now, I understand how every thing works. I do know the protocols and I’m extra conscious of issues.”
Greater than every week earlier than the combat, Benavidez was 171 kilos, in comparison with 175 on the Monday earlier than his combat with Angulo.
So now, he doesn’t want to fret about lacking weight. He put a photograph on social media Tuesday that reveals he already weighs 168 kilos. He’s desperate to get again in and remind everybody why many contemplate him probably the greatest fighters below 25 on this planet.
“I’m extraordinarily pleased with how camp’s went and the one factor left to do is placed on an important efficiency and get an important stoppage victory,” Benavidez stated.
He gained’t be within the Alvarez sweepstakes instantly, however Alvarez is a fierce competitor. He fights Saunders on Might eight and if he wins, will face Plant within the fall.
If Alvarez turns into undisputed, he’d undoubtedly search to combat the most effective out there opponent in his first protection.
There can be nobody higher at that stage than a former two-time champion who, if issues go his method, would nonetheless be undefeated.
That is a kind of instances for Benavidez the place time really will heal all wounds.
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