Around the same time that Kamaru Usman made headlines at UFC 268 against Colby Covington in New York on Saturday night, Canelo Alvarez will take on Caleb Plant at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
While the champions sharing a packed night of combat sports are great in his opinion, Usman, the UFC welterweight title holder, is hoping to share the same ring with the unified super middleweight boxing champion and sensation one day soon.
Right away – Usman thinks a fight with Canelo must take place.
“It only makes sense because we’re in a time when people want to be entertained,” Usman told DAZN on the phone Tuesday night of a potential mega fight with the Mexican superstar. “So, to entertain people, when in history have we ever seen the two pound for pound fighters in the world in combat sports at their peak, when have we ever seen them go head to head? It never happened. “
With Usman, 34, and Canelo being 31, “The Nigerian Nightmare” believes the time has come for the two champions to fight off and make history under what could be one of the biggest marquees. that combat sports have ever seen. Usman just thinks there has to be some urgency for the dream fight to happen so that he doesn’t repeat history when it comes to these kinds of mega-clashes.
“Either man waits for the other to get old,” Usman continued of the standard for crossover fights of this caliber. “It rarely really happened. But it’s either that both are out of their prime, both are old… it was never done.
There is no doubt that one or the other man dominates in his respective sport. In mixed martial arts, Usman (19-1) seems to become more and more dominant with age. The welterweight champion has won 18 consecutive fights, punctuating three of his last four fights with knockouts. He has defended his title four times since being crowned welterweight king for the first time in March 2019, after making figures like Covington, Gilbert Burns and Jorge Masvidal (twice) feel his anger. This latest knockout of Masvidal in April put the combat sports world on an added note of Usman’s punching power.
In soft science, Canelo (56-1-2) presents himself as a four-division world champion – Plant’s IBF title preventing him from becoming the first super middleweight champion in boxing history. He too is becoming more and more dominant and shows more tools with each fight.
With boxing’s contested super middleweight at 168 pounds and Usman tipping the scales at 169.5 pounds for his last fight, weight wouldn’t be an issue for a potential Usman-Canelo couple.
So much so that the thought of facing Covington in a rematch this weekend doesn’t stop Usman from projecting the scale of boxing with Canelo.
“For us to do it, it will be the biggest, the biggest event of all time,” Usman said. “Both pound for pound fighters in combat sports at their peak to get in there and get out of there, I think it will probably be the biggest event of all time.”
He might be right.
The DAZN News website will bring you all the live updates and results from UFC 268: Usman vs. Covington from Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night.
The Canelo vs. Plant fight will not air on DAZN. However, the DAZN Boxing Show will be in Las Vegas during Fight Week for live episodes, exclusive interviews and more.
Additionally, the DAZN News website will bring you all live updates and results from Canelo-Plant at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night.