Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has shown little interest in fighting Kamaru Usman, suggesting the UFC champion is simply after a big payday.
The Mexican superstar takes on IBF champion Caleb Plant in a bout to crown the first ever undisputed super-middleweight champion in Las Vegas on Saturday.
On the same night, Usman puts his welterweight title on the line against Colby Covington at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Usman, ranked as the UFC’s pound-for-pound best fighter, has shown keen interest in following in the footsteps of Conor McGregor and stepping into the boxing ring to take on Canelo in a bout between two masters of their craft.
‘It only makes sense because we’re in an era to where people want to be entertained,’ Usman told DAZN.
‘So, in order to entertain people, when have we in history ever seen the two pound-for-pound fighters in the world in combat sports at the top of their prime, when have we ever seen them compete?
‘It never happened.’
But when asked about Usman’s desire to fight him by ESPN Deportes, Canelo simply rolled his eyes and said: ‘Payday’.
Should he beat Plant, Canelo will become just the sixth fighter in boxing’s four-belt era to unify his division, following in the footsteps of Bernard Hopkins, Jermain Taylor, Terence Crawford, Oleksandr Usyk and current super-lightweight king Josh Taylor.
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