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'Canelo says he wants 200 million, but I've done my job' – David Benavidez moving on, for now…

SAUL 'Canelo' Alvarez is at the peak of his powers and is being picked on by his opponents. Jaime Munguia (box marked on Saturday night), Edgar Berlanga, Jermall Charlo and others.

Yet one man's name is inextricably linked to Canelo. David Benavidez continues to be controversial with fight fans. The one they want to see him face next.

A mature and developed environmental rivalry from far away. Complementary styles intended to produce fireworks. Described by Mike Tyson as the “Mexican monster”, Benavidez is on top, chews people up and spits them out.

As he prepares to clash with Oleksandr Gvozdyk, the Phoenix finisher is fit, focused and rejuvenated for his June 15 assignment in a new weight class.

“I feel really good. I spent a long time at the same weight, and now I think it's the right time to do this. I'm training hard, I'm motivated, it's a good card and we're ready for the fight,” said Benavidez as he adapted to the light-heavyweight division, while…

“I'm growing, I'm getting bigger, I'm training more. I am training hard and I am ready for this fight. I have been training for three months, and I have a month and a half left before I am 100 percent ready to fight.”

Moving up to 175 pounds isn't the only change Benavidez has made. Moving from Seattle to Miami, after buying a house in the area, has led Benavidez to train in a new place. Famous training buddies like Guillermo Rigondeaux and Andre Dirrell provide plenty of learning opportunities and help during the camp.

He will need all his wisdom if King Canelo is to be dethroned. No matter what side it is on, fighting the Mexican icon is always at the top of David's hit list.

“I have been in office for three years, I am a must. He says he wants 200 million to fight me [or more]but I've already done my job,” said the cheap Benavidez.

“He doesn't want to fight me. There is nothing I can do. We gain weight. We will see what happens later. The fans are calling this fight. It's the only war they all want to see. I hope it will happen in the future, but now I am focused on the fight I will have on June 15.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Jaime Munguia lands a right against Canelo Alvarez in their super middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

On May 4 in Las Vegas, Benavidez once again experienced Canelo's greatness first hand. Adapting and adjusting, Canelo, 33, dropped the latest challenger, Jaime Munguia, in the fourth round with a blistering uppercut.

The battle line quickly turned in another direction. In the 12th round, Canelo stunned Munguia again. Instead of stepping in for the kill, Alvarez seemed to step out and let Jaime see the fight and continue his career with one blemish on his record – by points rather than stoppages.

Defending all belts at 168, Canelo made the transition to super-middleweight after flirting with 175.

Returning to the division against Dmitry Bivol showed that size matters and that weight classes exist for a reason. Despite his large frame, perhaps Benavidez would be open to dropping seven pounds to make a big fight happen.

“If they say the war is done, I will go down, but if not, there is no reason to go down,” thought 'El Bandera Roja'.

“Well, to be honest, I think it can be done. What we need is for Canelo to decide if he wants the fight. It is not difficult; everyone wants it, let's see what happens.

“I still think it is possible in September but we will win this battle first [versus Gvozdyk]and let's see what happens then.”

Canelo said after Munguia that the Benavidez fight would come down to cold, hard cash, so David jumped at the chance to get more money to finish the streak.

“I was kidding, but if that's what it takes to fight, it has to be done,” smiled Benavidez, who grinds victims down in the head and body, just like his opponents today – Mexican style.

“Well, I think I represent the Mexican fighters. I trade, I like to fight. I think Canelo does the same, so we both have the same style,” he added.

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