Joseph Benavidez solidified his spot Saturday night as Henry Cejudo’s next opponent for the 125 pound-championship. However, Cejudo’s next fight might not be at flyweight. The former Olympian is currently healing from shoulder surgery and when he finally does return, there’s a chance he’ll defend his bantamweight strap instead.
Benavidez said the following :
“The performances I think speak for themselves as far as getting a shot,” Benavidez said in a post-fight news conference. “I mean, the fact is the guy is on top of the world. I beat him. Why wouldn’t he want to come avenge a loss even in the state of the division? The other division, which is bantamweight, I’m the fight that by far makes the most sense.”
Benavidez isn’t impatient when it comes to a title shot.
“I’d hold out,” Benavidez said. “I mean, he’s in surgery. I’ve sat out months before. I’ve had ACL surgery 18 months. I’ve gone in between fights active 10 months. That was just for a fight because there (weren’t) opponents. In this case, the opponent I want, there’s a huge prize there and it’s the fight to make. What? I gotta wait four or five months I think he said until he can fight. That’s nothing.”