’You’re Begging to Participate in What You Call a “Dying” Sport: Kamaru Usman Gets Embarrassed for Calling Out Canelo

Published 04/30/2022, 11:00 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 14: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria enters the octagon during the UFC 245 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, is doing everything to get a fight with Canelo Alvarez. After many failed attempts of provoking the pound-for-pound king, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ finally called boxing a ‘dying’ sport. However, it did not sit well with the boxing fraternity and the Showtime Sports Executive, Stephen Espinoza, ripped off Usman for making such a remark.

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In a reply to Usman, Espinoza wrote, “If you were receiving a fair share of revenues, you wouldn’t be embarrassingly stalking @Canelo on social media. You’re an accomplished UFC champion, yet you’re begging to participate in what you call a“dying” sport? Why? Because that “dying” sport pays way more $ than your own.”

Interestingly, the 34-year cage warrior wanted to have an exciting boxing matchup with Canelo Alvarez, similar to Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor’s fight. However, Canelo did not consider Usman worthy of an opponent.

He is of the opinion that the UFC champion is creating hype just to get a big payday.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 03: WBC/WBA/WBO super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez looks on during a news conference at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 03, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez will face Caleb Plant on November 6 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

However, the recent exchange between the two on social media platforms has again ignited the talks of a rumble between the two.

The ongoing beef between Canelo Alvarez and Kamaru Usman

Kamaru Usman sowed the seed of a probable showdown between him and Canelo Alvarez a few months back. Since then, the pair has gone to-and-forth several times. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ seemed more desperate to fight Canelo, and the latter rejected it, showing no interest.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 14: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria enters the octagon during the UFC 245 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Recently, Usman openly challenged Canelo on Twitter, “In the cage or the ring I’m willing find out in both… Are you?”

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To which Canelo replied, “You calling me out right? You want the pay day right? So you know where, but sit down. It’s not your turn yet I have a legacy to make.”

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Notably, Kamaru Usman is the biggest fighter in the UFC. He is a pound-for-pound number 1 fighter. Therefore, he is keen to fight pound-for-pound Canelo.

Do you think Canelo will ever accept Usman’s challenge? Let us know in the comments below.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek Singh is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Following the completion of his training as an amateur boxer, he is currently preparing to appear for trials at the state and national levels. With over 3 years of experience in playing the sport, Abhishek is also the holder of a Bachelor's in Arts degree from the University of Delhi.

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