Usman and Canelo trade barbs over potential crossover fight

Kamaru Usman and Canelo Alvarez trade barbs as Mexican star insists any crossover bout MUST be in the ring and UFC champion claims boxer ‘doesn’t want that smoke in a real fight’

  • Kamaru Usman and his manager have been calling out Canelo Alvarez online 
  • Mexican boxing star has insisted any crossover bout will take place in ring 
  • ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ hit back and said: ‘You don’t want that smoke in a real fight’

Kamaru Usman and Canelo Alvarez have been trading blows on Twitter, with the UFC champion keen to secure a huge crossover fight. 

On Wednesday, Usman’s manager had labelled the Mexican ‘an absolute chicken’ for what he saw as ducking Usman, to which the boxer simply replied: ‘Who the f*** is this?’ 

That exchange prompted a back-and-forth between both pound-for-pound No 1s of their respective sports. 

Canelo Alvarez (right) has said he will only fight Kamaru Usman in boxing rather than MMA

Usman is at the top of the UFC food chain and is chasing a lucrative crossover fight

Ali Abdelaziz wrote: ‘You know who I am, you know what’s the difference between you and Usman? You’ve been ducking GGG for 2 years now, but Kamaru has fought everybody the UFC threw at him. I’m being very nice to you, because it’s Ramadan.’

Usman then weighed in on the exchange, writing: ‘Let’s just all relax… before someone gets hurt.’

‘I agree cuz it will not be me’, wrote Alvarez. 

Usman then dangled the bait, asking: ‘In the cage or the ring I’m willing to find out in both… Are you?’

But the multi-weight boxing champion shot down the notion that he would ever grace the octagon. 

He added: ‘You calling me out right? You want the pay day right? So you know where, but sit down it’s not your turn yet I have a legacy to make.’

Usman took that comment as a moral victory, replying: ‘Enough said… you don’t want that smoke in a real fight. I hear you! Good luck champ.’

The UFC’s welterweight champion and pound-for-pound No 1 is chasing the same kind of payday Conor McGregor hauled in from his 2017 bout against Floyd Mayweather. 

But Dana White and Co are highly unlikely to sanction such a move, with the UFC president recently telling: Sky Sports: ‘He is serious about it, he shouldn’t be serious about it.

‘I don’t like that fight at all. Everything about it is horrible.

Usman has been dominant but is not renowned for his striking, though it is improved

Alvarez is one of boxing’s biggest stars but says a fight with Usman is not pressing

‘It’s a stupid fight to make, it makes no sense. I don’t know how many people would be interested in seeing that. 

‘When Conor [McGregor] and Floyd [Mayweather] fought, it took on a life of its own. Everywhere I went, people asked me if those two are going to fight.

‘It just kept building, building and building. It ended up being the biggest pay-per-view ever.

‘Something could come along, but the whole boxing vs MMA thing is silly.’

Usman is expected to defend his UFC title this summer against British star Leon Edwards, while Alvarez is due to take on WBA (Super) light heavyweight champion, Dmitry Bivol on May 7.

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