By Stefan Radosavlević: WBC announced a few days ago that the winner in the David Benavidez-Caleb Plant fight would face Canelo Alvarez, super middleweight supremacy. One thing that WBC officials didn’t mention is what happens if Canelo declines the fight. Are his titles going to be taken away from him? What’s next for Benavidez?
Benavidez will be in a good place no matter what happens over the next few months. First, Caleb Plant right now is a great opponent. It’s going to show Benavidez and his team where he stands in comparison to Canelo. Benavidez is expected to win the fight and challenge the Mexican star for all his belts. Alvarez is a bigger obstacle, but not impossible.
I think Benavidez is very likely to win that one. And, just like in Bivol’s case, it would put Benavidez under the spotlight and make him some serious money.
Benavidez can also fight at super middleweight, but if that doesn’t happen, Benavidez may have other options. A thrilling matchup would be between Edgar Berlanga and David Morrell. Morrell is a boxer, which could pose problems for Benavidez. Morrell is a tall man with good technique and hand speed. He is also very mobile and has good head movement.
Morrell, a Cuban fighter, showed great potential in his fight against Aidos Yarbossynuly. His only eight fights are in his professional career and he has never fought a boxer like Benavidez.
Berlanga is a great puncher, but he struggled against opposition far from Benavidez’s abilities. Other top ten super-middleweight boxers, like Danny Jacobs and Billy Joe Saunders have reached the end of their careers with their best years behind. These fights would attract many fans and bring good money, but they wouldn’t matter much for David’s resume.
A year or two more should be sufficient time to find the best super middleweight fighter in the world. Benavidez has, in my humble opinion the best chance to unify all the belts.
I would even go one more and say that Benavidez could be the next super middleweight boxer to challenge Artur Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol. Benavidez would be the underdog but he is the only one with the combination of skills and guts to at least give them an entertaining fight.
This prediction is based upon the skills and abilities demonstrated in the ring. Benavidez’s biggest opponents right now are boxing promoters and politicians, especially at super-middleweight. It would be a shame for this talented fighter to spend his prime years fighting mediocre fights.

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