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Dmitry Bivol, a name synonymous with both David Benavidez and Canelo Alvarez, recently offered a cryptic take on a potential clash between these two. Having shared the ring with both, his perspective is not just unique, but intriguingly elusive. Bivol, who once outmaneuvered Canelo and sparred with Benavidez, stops short of a clear prediction.

Instead, he hints at an unexpected angle, leaving fans and experts to ponder. His words, laced with the experience of fighting both, bring a fresh dimension to this anticipated matchup. So, who did Bivol pick to win?

The boxing world eagerly anticipates a potential super fight between Canelo Alvarez and David Benavidez. This bout, steeped in high expectations, could redefine the super middleweight landscape. In this context, Dmitry Bivol’s recent comments add fascinating layers to the discourse.

During an interview, Bivol was asked about his thoughts on a Canelo-Benavidez showdown. He responded with measured words, showcasing his deep understanding of the sport’s intricacies. “Both of the fighters are really good. I like both of them as boxers,” Bivol stated, acknowledging the prowess of both warriors. He then added, “It’s very interesting fight but I can’t make some statement about who’s going to win. It depends how training camp will be and many reasons.”

This statement not only highlights Bivol’s respect for both fighters but also underscores the unpredictable nature of boxing. However, he didn’t shy away from recognizing Benavidez’s potential, noting, “Benavidez has a lot of chances to beat him of course.” Such an endorsement, coming from a boxer of Bivol’s stature, speaks volumes.

Bivol’s comments, therefore, not only fuel the existing anticipation but also bring a nuanced perspective to the potential matchup. His words serve as a reminder that in boxing, as in life, outcomes are never certain. Now let’s see what the WBC president had to say about this bout.

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WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman confirms the much-awaited showdown between Canelo Alvarez and David Benavidez for 2024. Speaking about this high-voltage matchup, Sulaiman expressed confidence in its occurrence. “I’m certain it’s going to happen. It’s a great fight in all aspects,” he stated, emphasizing the caliber of both fighters.

When prodded about the possibility of Canelo’s reluctance to face Benavidez, Sulaiman remained adamant. “The fight is going to be one of the best of next year,” he assured, highlighting the importance of timing for this potential blockbuster. This confirmation sets the stage for what could be a defining moment in the super middleweight division.

Undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 60-2-2 (39) has no choice but to defend his titles against leading contender David ”El Monstruo’ Benavidez 28-0 (24) if he wants to be considered one of the greatest Mexican boxers of all time.

The 26-year-old Benavidez from Phoenix, Arizona is fresh off his impressive sixth-round knockout victory over former two-weight world champion Demetirus ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade 32-1 (19) at the Michelob Ultra Arena at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada last Saturday night.

In the wake of that victory the drums have been beating for an Alvarez-Benavidez bout next year.

Mexican superstar Alvarez, 33, holds all four major sanctioning body belts at 168-pounds along with the prestigious Ring Magazine championship. All roads to glory go through him.

Some fans and pundits are already claiming four-weight world champion Alvarez is the best boxer to ever come out of Mexico, eclipsing national heroes Julio Cesar Chavez, Salvador Sanchez and Ruben Olivares.

But trainer turned pundit Teddy Atlas says the popular redhead still has more to achieve if he wants to be mentioned in the same breathe as those legends, starting with a victory over Benavidez.

“If Canelo is gonna be called one of the greatest Mexicans and the top 168 pounder and accept those accolades, then he has to fight Benavidez,” he said on his eponymous program The Fight with Teddy Atlas. “He has to fight Benavidez to justify that. He has to.”

And as impressive as Benavidez looked against Andrade, Atlas says he will have a whole different riddle to solves in the form of Alvarez, who has lost just once in the past decade in a bout contested outside of his natural weight class.

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“He can’t just walk forward the way he did with Andrade. The punches that will land on him will have more consequence, they will have more impact,” Atlas said.

Benavidez has been relentless in his pursuit of Alvarez in the week since the Andrade fight, calling him out in every interview he has conducted.

“Why does he have all the belts? He should just do celebrity boxing matches,” said Benavidez said to ProBox TV.

“Why is he still holding the belts hostage and not giving the number one contender the opportunities they deserve? You owe it to the people. Let’s give the people what they want to see.”

There is a groundswell of support for the fight too, with many in the industry with no skin in the game getting behind the proposed bout. You can count trainer Robert Garcia amongst them.

“At this point I’d pick Benavidez, but Canelo is a great warrior, a great fighter, very experienced. So he might find a way to beat him,” Garcia said to Little Giant Boxing.

Garcia added the while he is leaning towards Benavidez, it is close to a pick ’em fight.

“I’d pick Benavidez, but does Canelo have a great chance? Of course, he has a great chance,” he said.

“He’s strong, he’s solid, he has a great chin too to the point where he might be able to hang in there. If he throws more punches, puts more pressure, and stays on top of him, he could actually beat him, maybe by decision.”