Coach Robert Garcia: ‘I think Benavidez could really beat Canelo’

Posted 04/11/2023

We thank Fight hub for consistently delivering some great interviews, like the short one posted online today with well-known trainer Robert Garcia. When asked who he’d like to see undisputed super middleweight champion — and guaranteed future Hall of Fame inductee — Canelo Alvarez fight next, Garcia answered without batting an eye. “I love him for fighting (David) Benavidez,” he said. “I would like to see him fight Benavidez. People might say Charlo, the rematch against Bivol, or Zurdo Ramirez. Benavidez is the fight that I would like to see him fight. Garcia – who was once a world title holder himself – went on to say something that might surprise fans in the fight.

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«I think Benavidez could really beat Canelo,» he stated, adding that «it would be a great fight.» While many would agree that Canelo-Benavidez is a fantastic fight to have, it’s worth wondering how many people who follow the fighting game closely would agree with Garcia that Benavidez would actually pull off the upset at this point in his career. Not that any of it would have mattered to Canelo himself. As was discussed in the interview, Canelo stated that he no longer wants to face his fellow Mexicans in the ring.

“Canelo at this point, calls the shots,” Garcia said. “He is the cash cow. He’s the big money guy, the one that everyone wants to fight so they can pick (whoever wants to fight)… I don’t blame him either. He can do what he wants ”. However, Garcia reiterated the fact that he would love to see Canelo and Benavidez do it. «I hope he (Canelo) will give it to us one day,» he said. “There are so many fights out there for him and he’s still a huge draw. He still has all the money in the world.»

Garcia went on to indicate that he wouldn’t be surprised if Canelo wins a rematch with Dmitry Bivol, the light heavyweight titlist Canelo lost last year, if the two men meet again in the ring. «I think in a rematch, if he’s one hundred percent,» Garcia added, «he can do a lot better, maybe even make it.» For now, Canelo is focusing on fighting John Ryder in a Mexican homecoming this May. As for Benavidez, he is undoubtedly still relishing his brilliant win against fellow middleweight Caleb Plant, whom he beat several weeks ago in a main event pay per view.

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