“It Put Me Off”- Eddie Alvarez After Watching Jake Paul Versus Ben Askren

Published 04/28/2021, 7:15 AM EDT
CALGARY, AB – JULY 26: Eddie Alvarez interacts with the media during the UFC Fight Night Ultimate Media Day event at Hyatt Regency Calgary on July 26, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez fought his latest fight against Luri Lapicus. The fight ended in a no contest draw after Alvarez hit his opponent with illegal shots. In response, the referee took out a red card and disqualified ‘The Underground King’.

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After the incident, a panel overturned the fight into a no-contest and gave Alvarez another fight. Ahead of his April 28 return to the cage, Alvarez attended a media interview session where he was asked about the negotiation status for a potential fight with Oscar De La Hoya in July.

Eddie Alvarez said, “Honestly, the whole boxing MMA thing when I watched it with Ben. And basically what I watched was a bunch of MMA fighters in the realm of boxing who had their heart, the courage, and were able to you know have the humility to put themselves on the line in a form and skill that they’re not professionals in and go put it out there.”

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Alvarez continues “I have yet to see a boxer come and do that in the MMA realm and it’s really it’s kind of bothering me and it put me off. I’d like to see the courage on the boxing side for a guy to step in the MMA realm.”

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Eddie Alvarez versus Oscar De La Hoya conversations finally end

Oscar De La Hoya is an Olympic gold medallist and a former professional boxer. He will make his return to the boxing ring after twelve long years. His last opponent was Manny Pacquiao, who defeated him by RTD after the eighth round.

Per reports, ‘Golden Boy’ was looking for a big-name opponent from MMA, but he has yet to zero in on one for his July 3 bout.

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De La Hoya and Eddie Alvarez were in a conversation about fighting each other in a boxing match. Even the ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong encouraged his fighter to take on the fight. However, ‘The Underground King’ wants someone from the boxing world to step inside the cage with the MMA fighters.

It is only after this he could change his mind and enter the squared circle. Do you see any boxers entering the MMA cage? If yes, who do you think it will be?

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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