Kamaru Usman vs Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez: UFC star wants boxing crossover with Mexican


The best pound for pound mixed martial artist Kamaru Usman has set his sights on one of the top fighters in the world... but this fighter happens to be from the boxing fraternity rather than the UFC one.

The current welterweight champion Usman said at the UFC 268 media day that he is aiming for a boxing match with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in the future.

'The Nigerian Nightmare' believes that this fight could be billed as the clash between the two best pound for pound fighters in their prime.

"I think that's something that [would be] the biggest ever in history," Usman said.

"That's what I'm looking to do. That's something that scares me. That's something that gets me up in the morning. That's something that I might risk leaving my daughter for another 12 weeks for."

While Usman will defend his title against Colby Covington at Madison Square Garden, Canelo will simultaneously aim to become an undisputed world champion for the first time in his career in Las Vegas.

Although he has not spoken about it yet with Dana White, Usman has said that if he wins his bout with Covington, he would talk to the UFC president about putting the fight together.


"We'll see who does better," Usman said.

"We're both in the business of entertainment nowadays. He's gonna entertain on the same night. So will we. We'll see who does better numbers and then we're gonna sit there and we'll have a discussion with the pound for pound best promoter in the game Dana White and we'll try to make something happen."

The 34-year-old Nigerian native last lost a fight in 2013 and is aiming for 14 straight UFC victories, only behind all-time great Anderson Silva (16).

Since his title fight against Tyron Woodley back in 2019, Usman has successfully defended his title four times.



Yet, Usman still believes that a Canelo fight would be a different challenge and something he would like.

"He's a master of his craft," Usman said about Canelo.

"He's used to these boxers. He's used to the boxing speed and the boxing movements and things like that. We're different. Sometimes different can be good. What's wrong with giving him a different look?

"Of course, it's a tall tree to climb, but we saw what happened the last time I was the underdog."

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