Oscar De La Hoya believes Canelo Alvarez’s fight with David Benavidez is nothing more than a pipe dream – and he’s laying the blame squarely on his former client.

De La Hoya, a Hall of Famer and founder of Golden Boy Promotions, was recently pressed to offer his thoughts on a matchup between undisputed 168-pound champion Alvarez and longtime division rival Benavidez. The Alvarez-Benavides fight is believed to be one of the best fights ever made in the sport, but it appears that no serious negotiations have ever taken place.

Suffice it to say, De La Hoya, not exactly a neutral observer, doesn’t think the fight will ever happen, citing what he believes is the 25-year-old Benavidez’s natural dominance.

“Canelo will never fight him (Benavides),” De La Hoya wrote on Instagram. “He’s very young and talented.”

De La Hoya, of course, promoted the 32-year-old Alvarez, but in 2020 the two had a bitter feud that ended with Alvarez suing De La Hoya. The two settled down and went their separate ways, though both took advantage of the media. Since their promotional split, Alvarez has worked primarily with Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn.

While the Alvarez-Benavides fight is a fight that could top boxing fans’ wish lists, given the heated exchanges between the two fighters and their alignment with the rival’s promotions, it could happen soon. Alvarez, while apparently a free agent, is linked with Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn, who has an exclusive deal with DAZN; Benavidez, on the other hand, is backed by a rival team, Premier Boxing Champions, which airs most of its fighters on Showtime and Fox.

Alvarez famously dismissed Benavidez as a potential opponent, citing his recent empty resume. Alvarez, who holds all the belts at 168, has repeatedly stated that Benavidez needs to earn his stripes first before he deserves a chance to face him.

Earlier this year, BoxingScene.com reported that Alvarez had been offered a lucrative two-fight deal by PBC’s Al Haymon to fight Jermall Charlo in the spring, then either heavyweight champion Errol Spence Jr. or Benavidez in the fall. Instead, Alvarez decided to sign a one-size-fits-all deal with Hearn.

A former WBC champion at 168, Benavidez was stripped of the belt in 2020 ahead of a fight with Roamer Alexis Angulo at Mohegan Sun. This was the second time Benavidez lost the title outside the ring. In 2018, Benavidez failed an abnormal drug test, prompting the WBC to strip him of his title and suspend him.

Benavidez will return and regain the belt in 2019 by stopping Anthony Dirrell in the ninth round.

Benavidez was last seen in the ring knocking out David Lemieux over three rounds in May.

Alvarez ended his bitter trilogy with a one-sided victory over longtime rival Gennady Golovkin last month. Alvarez has repeatedly stated that his first priority is to have a rematch with Russia’s Bivol, possibly in May of next year. Bivol defeated Alvarez by unanimous decision in a 12-round lightweight fight for Bivol’s WBA crown last May.



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