The confrontation between Alexander Usyk and Canelo Alvarez in the heavyweight division is no longer a fantasy. The formidable Ukrainian wants the fight to take place.
After defeating Anthony Joshua in a rematch in Saudi Arabia in August, Usyk wants three more fights before his career.
Canelo, who recently beat Gennady Golovkin in a three-way fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, is on Usyk’s shortlist.
Both boxers can meet after Usek becomes the undisputed heavyweight champion. Or he faces Tyson Fury or someone else for the WBC belt.
After the submission, the man who holds the WBA, IBF and WBO belts will be ready to hand Canelo the title in his bid to create further history.
Despite defeat from Dmitry Bivol by way of a unanimous decision victory for the underdog before the fight, Canelo is still the former light heavyweight champion. This scenario means that he has won world titles in four separate weight classes.
Heavyweight and bridgeweight give the opportunity to take fifth and sixth place. However, the upper limit is the holy grail for Canelo.
Will Alexander Usyk fight Canelo Alvarez?
In an interview with Parimatch on his YouTube channel, Usyk highlighted the upcoming friendly fight with the undisputed super middleweight belt holder.
“I can fight three more times,” Usyk showed. “This is a realistic prospect of my top form.
“After my fight [with Anthony Joshua]I can fight three more times at my best.
“[I want to fight] with Fury, Canelo and the farewell fight at the Olympics [Stadium in Ukraine].”
On Canelo, Usek admitted that he would have accepted the fight knowing that it was just a blockbuster pay-per-view and nothing more.
“Yes, with Canelo. He wanted to fight me. But it will be a “freak” fight to earn money.”
It seems that Usyk has given up on meeting Tyson Fury for the time being.
“Despite his toughness and the way he’s generally described, he’s scared,” Usyk said at The Gypsy King, possibly agreeing to fight Britain’s Joshua in the first of two fights.
“I will not support either. But I won’t even watch this fight. I don’t want to. “Okay, just kidding,” he smiled.
“I’ll even go live to watch them beat each other. To be honest, I don’t think about them at all. Want to know what I’m really thinking?
“I want to see my children, hug and kiss them. That’s all I can think about. I just need to beat him [Fury], and then everything. Time to retire.”
When Usyk describes Fury as the last time he competes in a competitive fight, it may have been lost in translation. But Usyk doesn’t seem to see Canelo as a real test.
Movement in weight
If he has any chance of eventually trading with Usyk in the future, Canelo Alvarez will have to move up gradually as he has moved too quickly in recent years. The 32-year-old needs to challenge for the 175lbs title before challenging one of the world heavyweight champions.
After all, if the superstar with the cinnamon moniker moves past the bridgeweights, a heavyweight showdown could happen in 2024.
DAZN PPV and Eddie Hearn will be involved in the entire clash, just like GGG’s third fight. Both men could have earned huge sums by the time they retired.
The most likely venue will be the United States. Either MGM Grand or T-Mobile Arena.
Usyk should first see Joe Joyce as his mandatory opponent. A knockout victory over Joseph Parker on Saturday night could be crucial to whether Usyk keeps all of his belts intact for a return in 2023.
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