Fight fans have requested that Canelo Alvarez face both David Benavidez and Demetrius Andrade for years. On November 25, the pair will fight each other for the right to finally take on the Mexican superstar next year. Benavidez vs. Andrade takes place at the Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas and will air on Showtime PPV in the U.S.
Benavidez turned pro in 2013. Four years later he beat Ronald Gavril to win the vacant WBC super middleweight title but was stripped in 2019 after testing positive for cocaine. Reclaiming the title from Anthony Dirrell, Benavidez was once again stripped when he failed to make weight against Alexis Angulo. "El Bandera Roja" beat David Lemieux to win the interim WBC belt in 2022 and competed in a slugfest against Caleb Plant in March, beating the former champion via unanimous decision.
Here's everything you need to know ahead of David Benavidez vs Demetrius Andrade.
Date: Saturday, November 25
Time: At 8 p.m. ET
Ringwalk: At 11:15 p.m. ET
David Benavidez vs. Demetrius Andrade is on November 25. The main card starts at 8 p.m. ET, with the main event scheduled for around 11:15 p.m. ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last.
In this regard, the "Mexican Monster", as Benavidez is also known, said: "I don't know, I'm not worried about Canelo, I'm worried about Andrade".
But on the idea of the WBC forcing Canelo to fight him, his answer was categorical. "I think the WBC has to do the right thing and if Canelo doesn't want to fight me, then they should strip him and let me fight for the title. I've been the number one contender for the last two years and I've been doing my job," said the Mexican-American.
"Boo Boo" Andrade said. "This is bigger than that, this is a real fight. We can't sit back and wait for Canelo, I've been saying that for a long time. Andrade vs Benavidez is a big fight."