Kamaru Usman recently spoke with TMZ Sports and he did not hide his desire at all to lock horns with the Mexican boxing champion, though he's not one to look beyond his upcoming showdown in the octagon against Leon Edwards.
The welterweight champion said the tilt would be “a spectacle” — and predicted it'd be one of the most anticipated events in combat sports history.
“It's never been done, pound-for-pound versus pound-for-pound,” Usman tells us. “And, they're significantly close in weight classes to be able to do it — why not?!”
“I don't think there's going to be anyone in the world who's not watching that fight.”
It's been a while since Kamaru Usman stepped inside the octagon, and that was when he defended his belt against Colby Covington back in November 2021 at UFC 268. Usman scored a unanimous decision over Covington to not only extend his unbeaten streak to 19 fights but also retain his UFC welterweight championship belt. He will square off with Leon Edwards on Aug. 20 in a rematch of their 2015 bout, won by Kamaru Usman via unanimous decision.
Alvarez, meanwhile, has a looming assignment of his own, which is a third date with Gennady Golovkin on September 17th. The last time Alvarez saw action was back in May when he lost to Dmitrii Bivol on his first try in the light heavyweight division.
MMA fighters and pro boxers crossing paths is no longer a fresh idea, with legends like Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort, and Randy Couture meeting pugilists before, but a potential Kamaru Usman-Canelo Alvarez fight would be on a different level as it would have two fighters at their prime facing off.