Mike Tyson thinks Jermall Charlo should fight David Benavidez - not wait for Canelo Alvarez

  • Tom Ward

Mike Tyson wants to see Jermall Charlo take on David Benavidez rather than waiting for Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

Charlo, the twin brother of Jermell Charlo, has long been chasing a boxing match with Canelo Alvarez.

But the Mexican is currently booked to face Dmitry Bivol on May 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Charlo meanwhile will face Maciej Sulecki a month later on June 18 at a location to be announced.

The American made an appearance on Tyson’s Hotboxin’ podcast to promote his next fight.

He will be making the sixth defence of the WBC middleweight title he won against Hugo Centeno Jr in New York in April 2018.

Charlo was recently linked to a Jaime Munguia fight when the pair were both weighing up their next moves, but a deal could not be reached.

But Tyson thinks Charlo should instead fight Benavidez while he waits for a shot at Canelo.

WATCH: Mike Tyson tells Jermall Charlo to his face he should fight David Benavidez next

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Charlo said: “I ain’t got no friends in boxing, it’s just me and my brother.

“I don’t know nothing about that friend stuff.”

Tyson added: “Then you should be calling everybody out.”

Charlo interrupted: “That’s what we do. We’re the Charlo twins. We’re known for calling everybody out.

“We’ve been calling Canelo out for five or six years already.”

HOUSTON, TEXAS – JUNE 19: Jermall Charlo looks on prior to his WBC middleweight title fight against and Juan Macias Montiel at Toyota Center on June 19, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Tyson responded: “Then fight the next best guy, the Mexican monster.”

Charlo replied: “Who?”

Tyson continued: “Benavidez.”

Charlo retorted: “He ain’t no Mexican monster.”

Tyson: Because everybody’s scared of him, nobody’s fighting him.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 26: David Benavidez works out at Brickhouse Boxing Club on October 26, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)

Charlo insisted: “Nobody’s scared of him. We box, we’re not scared of no human on Earth.”

Tyson persisted: “Please call these guys out. Listen, the whole world is looking at you. Call these people out.”

Charlo however refused to mention any names despite Tyson’s attempts to get him to call someone out.

Canelo’s promoter Eddie Hearn meanwhile is also in agreement with Iron Mike as he wants to see Charlo and Benavidez fight each other first before sharing the ring with the Mexican.

Speaking to FightHype.com, he said: “People say, oh Canelo, oh he ducked Charlo, he ducked Benavidez – absolute bull***t. Canelo will not duck anyone.

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“Canelo wants to at least feel like he’s either gaining something from fighting you or winning a belt or you’ve earned the fight.

“He looks at Benavidez and he looks at Charlo and he won’t want to say it publicly because he’ll feel like he’s making excuses but he’s like, ‘Those guys don’t fight anybody’, same with Demetrius.

“It’s not their faults – well it’s probably Charlo’s fault – but it’s not Benavidez’s fault and it’s not Andrade’s fault.

“I believe David Benavidez wants to be in big fights but they’re not delivering it for him. I know that Demetrius wants to be in big fights. Not sure about Charlo because he’s turned down a lot of big fights.

“That’s the plan is to put them together but I think that Benavidez will be a massive star and down the road Canelo vs Benavidez is a massive fight.

“If he can get some decent wins on his resume it will be a massive fight.”

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