Canelo Alvarez and Kamaru Usman have gone backwards and forwards after the UFC champion’s supervisor acussed the boxing star of being a “hen”.
Usman, who’s the UFC pound-for-pound No.1 fighter, has been calling for a struggle with Alvarez since defending his welterweight title towards Colby Covington final yr. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has pushed tougher for the struggle lately and needs to struggle Alvarez this September.
Alvarez strikes again to as much as mild heavyweight for the primary time in three years subsequent weekend when he challenges Dmitry Bivol for the WBA title. If issues go to plan for the Mexican, he’s anticipated to face Gennady Golovkin in a trilogy struggle later this yr.
Usman’s supervisor Ali Abdelaziz lately attacked Alvarez for the standard of his opponents and labelled him a “hen” for not desirous to struggle Usman. Alvarez replied by asking “who the f***” Abdelaziz is and Usman has since bought concerned within the argument.
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“Let’s simply all calm down… earlier than any individual will get harm,” Usman replied to Alvarez, to which the Mexican wrote again: “I agree trigger it won’t be me”. Alvarez has refused to rule out a fight with Usman, however his subsequent remark made it look like the crossover bout is unlikely to occur anytime quickly.
Usman then informed him: “Within the cage or the ring I’m keen discover out in each… Are you?”. Alvarez shut down the struggle for the meantime, replying: “You calling me out, proper? You need the pay day, proper ? So you already know the place, however sit down it isn’t your flip but I’ve a legacy to make”. Usman then added: “Sufficient stated… you don’t need that smoke in an actual struggle. I hear you! Good luck champ.”
Talks of crossover fights have between UFC champions and boxing stars have change into increasily common after Conor McGregor’s file breaking struggle with Floyd Mayweather in 2017, nevertheless it’s unlikely that Usman – who’s pencilled in to struggle Leon Edwards in July – will struggle Alvarez anytime quickly.
Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn has a great relationship with Dana White and thinks if the UFC boss would pardon Usman of his conctractual duties, the struggle may very well be made. “He is below contract with UFC, but when Dana White needs to do it, we would love to debate it,” Hearn informed The DAZN Boxing Show.
“I do not see how Usman would have any shot in any respect towards Canelo Alvarez, however subsequently why not. The factor I say about Canelo is, even if you point out Jake Paul to him, he would not belittle these fights. By no means say by no means.”