Canelo Alvarez Destroys Kamaru Usman’s Call-Out With One Word

Published 11/04/2021, 2:12 AM EDT
May 7, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Boxer Canelo Alvarez poses for the fans with his title belts during weigh ins for his super middleweight boxing title fight against Billy Joe Saunders at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


A potential mega-fight between Canelo Alvarez and UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has been spinning headlines for quite some time. As both men will headline their upcoming PPVs this Saturday, there is going to be a major box office and rating collision. Should both men win, a crossover will be on the minds of every combat fan.

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Kamaru Usman is also interested in this fight and expressed the same in an interview.

Unfortunately for ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’, Alvarez has shown no special interest in facing him. Ahead of his undisputed title fight against Caleb Plant, when reporters asked him about Usman’s challenge, Alvarez had a pretty straightforward response.

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He said, “Payday.”

It is no secret Kamaru Usman will bag a hefty paycheck if he gets inside the ring with Alvarez. The Mexican star is arguably the biggest name in the combat world.

He and Usman don’t fall anywhere close to each other’s potential combat plans for the future. UFC also has a lot to offer to their current welterweight champion.

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Hence, Kamaru Usman’s special interest in facing Canelo Alvarez could be for the money, but ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has claimed that it is something that will get him out of bed.

Well, Usman isn’t the first UFC fighter to have envisioned himself facing the P4P king. Jorge Masvidal had also eyed a scrap against Canelo Alvarez in the past, but that didn’t turn out into reality.

Canelo Alvarez keeps on getting challenges

From Kamaru Usman to Jake Paul, several people have wanted to share the ring with the p4p king. Thus, it allows Alvarez to pick and choose what he wants.

That said, he has a lot of challenges left inside the boxing domain and has hinted at a move to 175 to fight Artur Beterbiev. Hence, it seems unlikely he will fight Usman anytime soon.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez walks to his corner during his middleweight unification fight against Daniel Jacobs at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Alvarez is capable of generating big financial numbers even in his boxing bouts. So, only time will tell whether he gets intrigued to step up for a mega-crossover fight. As of now, Canelo Alvarez remains a prime member of the pure boxing family.

Do you think Canelo Alvarez vs Kamaru Usman should happen? What did you make of Saul’s response?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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