Sampson Lewkowicz has no doubt in his mind that Canelo Alvarez would welcome a fight against his protege David Benavidez. The problem, according to Lewkowicz, is that Alvarez’s manager doesn’t feel the same way.
Lewkowicz, the promoter of 25-year-old super middleweight Benavidez, expressed pessimism in an interview with BoxingScene.com about Benavidez’s chances of facing arguably the best fighter in the sport in Alvarez, the undisputed champion at 168 pounds. . Lewkowicz recently said in an interview with Tha Boxing Voice that Alvarez’s team rejected an offer – “much more” than $50 million – to fight Benavidez in the fall.
Lewkowicz clarified that while he doesn’t think Alvarez is “scared” to fight Benavidez, he wholeheartedly believes that Alvarez’s trainer and manager, Eddy Reynoso, has little interest in this matchup and instead seeks to “protect” the crown jewel of his stable.
“I [usually] never talk about Canelo because I’m unlucky [at making the fight],” Lewkowicz told BoxingScene.com. “He won’t fight Benavidez.
“But now is the time to talk about it. Listen, no fighter is afraid of anyone; I give fighters all the respect. The difference is [that] management protects the fighter and he [Alvarez] is well protected by Eddy Reynoso.
Lewkowicz relayed those comments ahead of a report Thursday that Alvarez, a network free agent, had in fact rejected a package from Premier Boxing Champions, the team under which Benavidez operated for most of his career. The deal, according to ESPN’s Mike Coppinger, consisted of two fights, worth “over $100 million” to face middleweight title slate Jermall Charlo in May and Benavidez in September. Coppinger noted that Alvarez rejected the deal “10 days[s] there is” and has not maintained communication with the PBC since then. Alvarez was previously reportedly close to accepting a two-fight deal from Matchroom boxing’s Eddie Hearn to fight light heavyweight titleholder Dmitry Bivol in the spring and a trilogy match with Gennadiy Golovkin at the end of the season. year, with both fights set to take place. on DAZN, the streaming platform Hearn has an exclusive output deal with.
Lewkowicz’s claims can be seen as an implied response to remarks made by Reynoso a few months ago in which he suggested Benavidez (25-0, 22 KOs), a former two-time titleholder at 168, had no Fight-worthy resume. Alvarez, 31 (57-1-2, 39 KOs). Benavidez owned the WBC 168-pound twice, but lost them both due to circumstances outside the ring.
Lewkowicz doesn’t think Alvarez shares his manager’s opinion.
“If you speak directly to Canelo, he will fight Benavidez,” Lewkowicz continued. “I know that. I saw him fight one of my fighters [in sparring], Besides. Canelo knocked him out on a swollen ankle. [It was swollen] so much so that he had to cut off his shoe after the fight.
“Canelo has heart and big balls, big Mexican balls. No one can take that away from him. She’s a star. But the reality is that management doesn’t want a fight.
Lewkowicz made it clear that Alvarez is not the one trying to avoid Benavidez, but insisted the only way the fight between the two can happen is if Alvarez himself personally pushes for the fight, possible objection from those around him.
“I hate when people say the best fighters are scared of anybody,” Lewkowicz said. “It’s insulting to me. These boxers are not afraid of anyone.
“Put it on the record: Canelo, yes (wants to fight Benavidez). Eddie Reynoso, no (doesn’t want the fight). It’s up to Canelo to be stronger than his management and his promoter. He must make the final decision.