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Midnight Mania! ‘Chicken’ Canelo claps back at Usman’s manager, ‘Who the f—k is this?’

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The last few years have really taught UFC fighters that there’s big money in boxing. Conor McGregor really started the trend with his “Money” fight vs. Floyd Mayweather, but Tyron Woodley scoring career-high paydays vs. Jake freaking Paul set off alarm bells in a lot of athletes’ heads. Fast-forward a bit, and now Francis Ngannou is telling UFC he wants to fight Tyson Fury ... or else. There’s even the bare knuckle boxing wave, which is also siphoning away UFC fighters with promises of big purses.

One such potential bout is Kamaru Usman vs. Canelo Alvarez. The two men are undisputed kings of their divisions in their sport, but the ball has yet to really get rolling in terms of public interest. Usman is pushing for the bout, but Alvarez is noncommittal at best.

Usman’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, is displeased with Alvarez’s response, and he lashed out on Twitter, labeling the boxing superstar a “chicken.”

This is, of course, an absurd claim. Were Alvarez and Usman to fight, Canelo would enter as a simply massive favorite. Usman can punch, sure, but he’s still a wrestling-based MMA fighter, not a world-class boxer like many past Alvarez opponents. If Canelo can throw down with Gennady Golovkin for 24 rounds, Usman and his nine knockout wins are unlikely to have his knees shaking.

Canelo replied to Ali with a simple retort, “Who the f—k is this?”

Somehow, I don’t think Alvarez vs. Usman is any closer to materializing after this interaction.

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