David Benavidez is eager to plead to his case as the best super middleweight in the world.

The unbeaten, former two-time WBC titlist is one month out from positioning himself within one fight—or ruling—from a third title reign. Benavidez is next due to face former IBF middleweight titlist David Lemieux (43-4, 36KOs) for the interim WBC super middleweight title atop a May 21 Showtime card from Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

A win will position Phoenix’s Benavidez (25-0, 22KOs) to challenge for the main prize, which has long been his goal. At the top of his list is a shot at undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (57-1-2, 39KOs), whose current schedule is busy beginning with a challenge of WBA light heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol (19-0, 11KOs) on May 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Right before Alvarez are long-sought grudge matches with former IBF super middleweight titlist Caleb Plant (21-0, 12KOs) and current WBC middleweight titleholder Jermall Charlo (32-0, 22KOs).

“I’m ready for all those guys. Whoever wants to get it, I’m right here ready for it,” Benavidez insisted while ringside for Errol Spence-Yordenis Ugas Showtime Pay-Per-View card at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. “I’m not scared of nobody. I proved that I’m the best 168-pounder. Two-time super middleweight champion. I’m ready for whoever. Canelo, Caleb Plant, Charlo. I’m ready for all of them.”

A fight with Alvarez wouldn’t take place until the end of 2022 at the earliest, though more likely not until next spring. Guadalajara’s Alvarez will face Bivol next, with a win leading to a return to super middleweight for a trilogy clash with WBA/IBF middleweight titlist Gennadiy Golovkin (42-1-1, 37KOs) who will move up in weight for a targeted September 17 DAZN PPV event.

Benavidez—who has scored five straight stoppage wins—has time on his side more so than any other top player in and around the super middleweight division, at just 25 years of age. Having learned from past mistakes, the unbeaten top-rated contender is eager to prove his worth, including his willingness to fight Plant or Charlo—or even both—to eventually get to Alvarez.

“Both the fights. Both the fights are great fights and they’re both worthy of Showtime Pay-Per-View,” Benavidez insisted, though before getting into a verbal altercation with Charlo at ringside just prior to the Spence-Ugas main event. “The Caleb Plant fight I think has a little bit more heat on it. I’m excited.

“We’re in a great position and I’m ready for whatever.”

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox