Usman chases huge crossover 'pound-for-pound' fight with Canelo

Kamaru Usman chases huge crossover fight with Canelo Alvarez and insists he will ‘shock the world’ if boxing’s pound-for-pound king accepts ‘the biggest payday he’ll ever make’ on Mexican Independence Day

  • Kamaru Usman reigns supreme as the UFC’s pound-for-pound best fighter 
  • He has seen off all his challengers in the welterweight division so far 
  • Usman wants to secure a huge crossover contest against Canelo Alvarez 
  • He is adamant he will ‘shock the world’ against incredible Mexican boxer 

Kamaru Usman has big plans to fight boxing’s pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez on Mexican Independence Day this September. 

The UFC welterweight champion hopes for a crossover fight similar to the level of Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather and believes he can ‘shock the world’. 

Both men are No 1 in the pound-for-pound rankings of their respective sports and Usman plans on locking horns with Alvarez if he can defend his belt against Britain’s Leon Edwards. 

Kamaru Usman wants to take on Canelo Alvarez (right) in a huge crossover bout 

The UFC welterweight champion is also the organisation’s pound-for-pound king 

Usman and Edwards are touted to fight this summer and the champion told TMZ: ‘In July, I’m going to fight Leon Edwards. God willing, I get through Leon Edwards, then in September, Mexican Independence Day, I will stop Canelo Alvarez.

‘Boxing is dead, at the end of the day. I’m not saying there’s not good boxers, there’s some fantastic boxers. Errol Spence Jr, there’s a ton of guys that I could go down and really tell you that are fantastic fighters.

‘But boxing is dying. At the end of the day, everybody wants to be entertained, and when have you ever seen pound-for-pound against the pound-for-pound? I’m not afraid to do that.

‘Unfortunately those guys, i.e. Canelo, will never come over here to UFC to challenge. That’s beside the point.

He added: ‘Listen, he can overlook all he wants to overlook, but he’s fighting guys over there that nobody knows. 

‘And he’s going around saying ‘Payday, payday’. Absolutely, it’s the biggest payday you are ever going to make.

‘I understand he gets paid, he makes money, but fighting me is the biggest payday he’s ever going to have.’

Usman has defeated Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington twice, also demolishing Gilbert Burns. 

He has already beaten Edwards but much has changed in the years between their first fight and the Birmingham native is fully deserving of his chance.  

Leon Edwards (pictured) has set his sights on fighting Usman in the summer 

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