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‘We’ll fight him right now’: Trainer says David Benavidez willing to fight David Morrell Jr

Jose Benavidez Sr says he’s pursued a fight between against David Morrell, but was told by his team that he’s not ready.

According to his father, David Benavidez has no issue in facing David Morrell.
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Jose Benavidez Sr, the trainer and father of 168 lb champion David Benavidez, talks to Fight Hype about David Morrell’s latest win and any potential interest they would having in fighting him. Benavidez Sr says he’s approached Morrell’s team about the fight only to be told that they don’t believe Morrell is quite ready for that fight at this time.

Benavidez Sr on Morrell’s latest performance

“I think David Morrell’s a great fighter but at the end of the day I think they should put him to fight fighters that are known that could take him into deep waters and see what he does. I think he should fight a Caleb Plant, he should fight a Anthony Dirrell, or maybe even ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade, and that’s the only way he’s going to get qualified to see if — we’ll fight him right now. We’ll fight him right now; I think David (Benavidez) can stop him.”

On Morrell saying he’s ready for a Benavidez fight

“He’s been saying that he wants David Benavidez and at the end of the day I would love to fight him. His trainer said he wasn’t ready, his management said he’s not ready. So I believe he wants that fight, I don’t think he’s scared of David, but if his team don’t think he’s ready there’s nothing I can do.

“I’ve been asking for it, I’ve been talking to their team and to his trainer. You know, we want to fight him, I think David can stop him in like eight, nine rounds. But I also believe (Morrell) is going to get better. He’s a really good fighter and he is getting better and better and better. But I want to fight him now because I believe David can stop him.”

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