Canelo Alvarez, 31, is a Mexican professional boxer and the IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO, and The Ring super-middleweight champion. He last competed in September of 2021, where he defeated Caleb Plant by knockout.
Alvarez (57-1-2) has previously won titles at super-welterweight, middleweight, and super-middleweight, and recently stepped up to light-heavyweight for a one-off fight in 2019.
Off the bounce of three consecutive KO victories, the Mexican is set to switch weight classes from super-middleweight to light-heavyweight to fight Dmitry Bivol, who has held the WBA light–heavyweight title since 2017.
Kamaru Usman Wants Canelo Alvarez Fight, Eager for New Challenge
The UFC has had its fighters willing to take on the best boxers outside the promotion, just as in the case of Tyson fury and Francis Ngannou.
Another scenario is the current #1 ranked pound-to-pound fighter Kamaru Usman indicating his interest in taking Canelo.
‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ underwent hand ligament surgery in February and is eyeing a return to the octagon against Leon Edwards later in July.
Should he return in time for Leon Edwards’s fight, Usman is also determined to take on Canelo during the Mexican independence day while also eyeing the bigger purse that comes along with the fight.
“In 2022, I’m gonna shock the world. July, International Fight Week, I’m going to fight Leon Edwards. God willing I get through Leon Edwards, September, Mexican Independence Day, I will stop Canelo Alvarez.”- Usman said while speaking to TMZ sports.
Canelo Alvarez Dismisses Talk of a Fight With Kamaru Usman
UFC commentator and podcast host Joe Rogan has explained how much of an invaluable experience the fight between the two renowned athletes would be.
But, Canelo is however not distracted by the noise surrounding their proposed bout and shifts focus to his upcoming match set for May.
In a recent interview with TMZ Sports, he did not write off the chance for the fight to come through but placed his impressive boxing record and legacy as his priority.
“Never say no, but right now it’s not in my future, Not right now. Yeah, it’s all about legacy right now, but you never know.” – Alvarez told TMZ.
Canelo would be looking to continue his title overhaul when he comes up against WBA LIGHT heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol.
Canelo has held 15 different versions of a world title and has been a unified champion in three classes: super-welterweight, middleweight, and super-middleweight.
He made it to three simultaneous belts at super-middleweight after victories over British duo Callum Smith for the WBA title and Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO title.
The UFC strictly restricts its fighters from competing outside of the promotion, unless they are granted a special exemption and Dana White has labeled the bout between Kamaru Usman and Canelo Alvarez “A stupid fight.”
Usman, on the other hand, would be set to take on Leon Edwards. But a change in promotions to take on Canelo does not seem feasible as the head of UFC; Dana White’s endorsement is of the utmost importance.
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