The UFC welterweight champion’s manager has made a bold claim.
Boxers vs. MMA fighters. When will it end? Kamaru Usman has been calling for a fight with boxing’s pound-for-pound No. 1 boxer Canelo Alvarez.
Usman via KO
On Thursday, Ali Abdelaziz spoke with MMA Junkie and claimed that his client, Usman, would knockout out boxing’s Alvarez in three rounds.
“Kamaru will knock him out in three rounds,” Abdelaziz said. “You cannot say no to Kamaru. He’s a guy who comes from Africa. He jumped a lot of obstacles. I believe in Kamaru. This is the difference between me and other people. I believe in him, I live with him, I breathe with him, I die with him, I fight with him. He’s a special person in my life. How many street fights have me and Kamaru been to? We’ve been in a lot of street fights, and I have to believe in him. I believe Kamaru can beat any man alive.”
P4P vs. P4P
Abdelaziz says that he passed up on fighting the Paul brothers because he wants the pound-for-pound best boxer because he is the pound-for-pound best fighter.
“I know [Usman] didn’t want to fight Jake Paul; he didn’t want to fight Logan Paul,” Abdelaziz said. “He said I’m the pound-for-pound king in MMA, I want to fight the pound-for-pound coward in boxing because I think all these boxers are cowards because none of them want to come to MMA. They all want to come to boxing.”
“At the end of the day, in a street fight, who’s the baddest man on the planet? They cannot call Canelo the baddest man on the planet. They cannot call Canelo the pound-for-pound best boxer because if they both in the street, who’s gonna win? Kamaru would beat his ass like he stole something. This is what he wants, he wants to fight Canelo in September.”
Usman first has to rematch Leon Edwards, which is being looked at for July during UFC international fight week. However, Abdelaziz says that ultimately it is up to UFC president Dana White because Usman is under contract. Usman’s manager also believes White is the best promoter in the world, and with the UFC machine behind this potential super fight, it could be massive.