In a recent interview with Fight Hype, Sampson Lewkowicz, David Benavidez’s promoter, was recently asked about the chances of a match-up between Canelo and Benavidez. His response was as bold as it was intriguing. “This is not just a fight, it’s a potential spectacle,” he said.
Canelo’s Loss and Future Prospects
Lewkowicz mentioned Canelo’s single loss against Mayweather and the implications of that fight. “Canelo took a risk with Mayweather, and it wasn’t just about the fight, it was about business,” he explained. However, he highlighted the financial impact of Canelo’s recent performances on DAZN, stating, “Their investments haven’t brought back the returns they expected.”
In regards to the prospect of a Canelo-Benavidez face-off, Lewkowicz was full of anticipation. “This isn’t just a fight of the year contender. It could be the fight of the decade,” he stated.
Comparisons to Other Upcoming Fights
When asked about other key boxing matches on the horizon, such as Spence vs. Crawford and Ryan vs. Tank, Lewkowicz was confident about the commercial success of a potential Canelo vs. Benavidez event. “I have no doubt, Canelo vs. Benavidez will sell over 1.5 million pay-per-views,” he confidently declared.
Negotiations and Contracts
Despite being tight-lipped about the exact figures involved in the ongoing negotiations, Lewkowicz gave away that their offer would be considerably larger than what DAZN could put on the table. He also added, “Canelo isn’t driven by money alone. He’s creating a legacy.”
When the topic of a rematch clause was brought up, Lewkowicz was candid. “We are negotiating for one fight. If Canelo beats Benavidez, we hope he stays with us. But it’s not a contractual obligation.”
Alternative Fights for Benavidez
In the event that the Canelo fight doesn’t come to fruition, Lewkowicz was asked about alternative opponents for Benavidez. His response was intriguing. “The Charlo brothers have talent, but they’ve been inactive. As for Andrade, he doesn’t bring in the numbers we need,” he explained.
Canelo’s Current Form
Lewkowicz had some interesting insights to share about Canelo’s current form. “I believe Canelo’s not at his peak anymore. Benavidez has a 50-50 chance right now. If the fight gets delayed, it could even tilt in favor of Benavidez,” he predicted.
Lewkowicz’s statements have stirred up the boxing world, building anticipation for the final decision. With his eye-opening remarks about the business side of boxing and his fervor for making the most exciting fights possible, he has left fans eagerly awaiting what comes next.