Canelo on fighting Usyk at 201 pounds: ‘I like it’

Boxing

LAS VEGAS — Since Canelo Alvarez narrowly defeated Gennadiy Golovkin in 2018, he is hardly ever misplaced a spherical. The one battle that was a real problem got here at a career-high weight of 174.5 kilos when Alvarez met Sergey Kovalev in 2019. The bout was even on one scorecard getting into Spherical 11 when Canelo scored the spectacular knockout to seize a light-weight heavyweight title.

For boxing’s pound-for-pound king to be examined once more, he should search a lot bigger foes, and that is what he is doing Saturday with a 175-pound title battle in opposition to Dmitry Bivol (8 p.m. ET, DAZN PPV). A victory will usher Alvarez right into a trilogy battle with GGG on Sept. 17 for Canelo’s undisputed 168-pound championship, the burden he mentioned is his greatest, however already he is looking forward to boxing’s final prize.

Alvarez (57-1-2, 39 KOs) expressed curiosity in a heavyweight title battle with Oleksandr Usyk at a 201-pound catchweight, and though it appears far-fetched, the Mexican star has confirmed repeatedly he is prepared to check himself at completely different weights.

“I prefer it,” Alvarez, 31, mentioned Wednesday. ” … Why not? … I will battle everybody. I do not f—ing care.”

A heavyweight championship victory can be unprecedented for a fighter of Canelo’s measurement. Roy Jones Jr. received a heavyweight title in 2003 after successful his first title at 160 kilos. Alvarez made his professional debut at 139 kilos and went on to assert titles at 154, 160, 168 and 175.

Jones’ victory came to visit John Ruiz, a strong but unspectacular heavyweight, however Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) is on a very completely different stage (ESPN’s No. 6 pound-for-pound boxer).

Usyk, an Olympic gold medalist, received the undisputed cruiserweight championship (200 kilos) earlier than he moved as much as heavyweight and dominated Anthony Joshua in September to seize his three titles.

The Usyk-Joshua rematch is slated for July 23 in Saudi Arabia, and if the 35-year-old Ukrainian can hold onto his unified heavyweight championship, simply possibly, this fantasy matchup can come to fruition in 2023.

“I imagine AJ will win the battle, but when he would not … [Canelo] would one million p.c battle at 201 kilos,” mentioned Hearn, who promotes Alvarez and Joshua.

Canelo is 5-foot-7 and a half whereas Usyk is 6-foot-3. In his win over Joshua, Usyk weighed 221¼ kilos. If this matchup by some means involves fruition, Alvarez mentioned he would welcome it at 201 kilos, the minimal for a heavyweight battle.

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