The UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has recently revealed his stance on his potential boxing fight against the pound-for-pound no 1 boxer Canelo Alvarez.
He is confident he could beat Canelo in a boxing bout. The Nigerian Nightmare was recently answering some questions during a Q&A session on social media. When someone asked if he thinks he can beat Canelo in a boxing match. To which the champion replied
“I think I can do anything that I put my mind to. I don’t disrespect Canelo. I think Canelo is one of the best, one of the greatest of this generation. But I also know whatever I put my mind to, I go out there and I get it. So if it’s in the cards in the future, maybe we’ll dance. We’ll see!” declared Kamaru Usman.
Now, Canelo is not any other guy in the boxing world. He is considered one of the modern greats in boxing. So, it is highly unlikely for Kamaru to actually beat the best in his own backyard.
The Similarities between Kamaru Usman and Canelo Alvarez
Both the fighters have lost only once in their respective professional careers. It is a matter of coincidence that both of their only losses came in the year 2013. Kamaru lost his second professional MMA fight to Jose Caceres in the month of May and Canelo lost to the boxing great Floyd Mayweather later that year.
As unlikely as it may sound, Kamaru has earlier said that he has few qualities similar to the Mexican boxing legend. Even though they might have a similar mindset towards their opponents in fights it is certain that their fighting style is totally different. Kamaru is more of a grappler while being a boxer Canelo is of course a striker. So, it is safe to say that if ever this fight is going to happen then Canelo will have the upper hand.
However, counting the reigning welterweight titleholder off from the imaginary bout against Canelo Alvarez won’t be that easy. With the KO power, he certainly has the ability to end the fight early in his favor. But, this fight itself is a fantasy.
What’s real is Kamaru Usman will return to defend his division title against 170-pound Colby Covington in the upcoming UFC 268 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, tentatively scheduled for Sat., Nov. 6, 2021 inside Madison Square Garden in New York City.