Kamaru Usman has made it well known that he plans to continue pursuing a boxing match against pound-for-pound great and multi-division boxing champion, Canelo Alvarez. for a crossover fight.
Alvarez, meanwhile, still has no such interest.
Speaking to TMZ, Canelo says that while he will never completely close the door on a potential fight against the current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight champion, it’s not on his radar at the moment.
Alvarez (57-1-2) is on a 16-fight unbeaten streak and is scheduled to defend his WBA (Super) Light Heavyweight title against Dmitry Bivol on May 7, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada. After that, the Mexican-born knockout artist has plans to face Gennady Golovkin in a highly-anticipated trilogy fight.
As for Usman, he is in talks to return to put his 170-pound title on the line against Leon Edwards at UFC 276, also in “Sin City.” The Welterweight kingpin hasn’t competed since defeating Colby Covington a second time at UFC 268 in Nov. 2021. “The Nigerian Nightmare” took time to heal from a hand injury before mounting his comeback.
Usman is just the latest MMA champion who has been trying heavily to lock down a crossover boxing match, a list that also includes Heavyweight king, Francis Ngannou. “The Predator” is eying a showdown against Tyson Fury, going as far as saying he won’t consider a contract extension with the promotion unless a potential scrap against “The Gypsy King” is in the discussion.