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David Benavidez: I’m not thinking about Canelo. I’m going to give the fans a war against Davis

David Benavidez
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David Benavidez could fight Canelo Alvarez, in the near future. But first he can't afford to lose to Kyrone Davis on Saturday

BROADCASTER Showtime wants to position David Benavidez as a future opponent, possibly the next opponent for Canelo Alvarez. But first Benavidez, an unbeaten Mexican super-middleweight, must beat Kyrone Davis at the Footprint Centre in Phoenix on Saturday (November 13).

“I’m not thinking about Canelo. I’m just thinking about Kyrone Davis. I’m excited to give my fans a good show. I worked extremely hard for this fight and trained like it was for a world title. I’m ready for whoever they want to give me to fight next,” Benavidez said.

“I’m excited to have fans back in attendance, after my last couple of fights took place in the bubble. The energy is going to be crazy. I can’t wait to get in there,” he added. “I’ve had a lot of support from the people here and it’s been amazing.

“I’m ecstatic to be back fighting in front of a crowd. I can’t wait to feel the energy from the people.”

After original opponent Jose Uzcategui was withdrawn after failing a drug test, Kyrone Davis came in to save the show. “We went right back into training camp after Davis stepped in as the replacement. I’m just happy the date was still salvaged. I’ve trained with multiple sparring partners in the gym, so I’m used to adapting to different styles. We’ll adapt to what he brings on Saturday,” Benavidez said. “I’ve had a tremendous training camp this time around. Hats off to Kyrone Davis for stepping up to the plate and taking this fight. I’m on a knockout streak and I’m keeping it going Saturday night. The fans want to see knockouts and that’s what I want to give them.

“Once opponents feel my pressure, they realize it’s a whole different type of power. I want to see how he’s going to react to the power, combinations and speed. I’m going to keep doing what I do best and have fun.

“I’m always going to try to knock my opponent out. Not just Kyrone, but everyone who comes after him. I’m a warrior and I’m going to give the fans a war.

“Kyrone Davis is a live dog. He knows what he’s up against. I’ve had a tremendous training camp and I’m going to make this a fun fight. We’re not scared of each other, and that makes it a great fight.”

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