Oleksandr Usyk: “I Can Fight Pretty Boy Canelo At Cruiserweight”

Oleksandr Usyk puts his bid in to face Canelo Alvarez

Oleksandr Usyk looks over in the direction of Canelo Alvarez
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (left), Oleksandr Usyk

Oleksandr Usyk puts his bid in to face Canelo Alvarez


When it comes to undisputed super middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (57-1-2, 39 KO’s), it’s certain that he is a hot commodity that everyone would like a piece of. The redhead has already determined that he will be facing WBC cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu (28-2, 25 KO’s) in the first half of 2022.

Yet, his leaping up from super middleweight to cruiserweight has garnered new attention. Seeing that Canelo is traipsing around his old stomping grounds, WBA super, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (19-0, 13 KO’s) expressed his interest in dancing with the redhead.

“He [Canelo] is pretty boy, good for him…I can fight [Canelo] at cruiserweight. The only thing is I need to be able to keep my belts at heavyweight. Then I can go back to cruiserweight and fight him and then I come back to heavyweight.”

WISHING ON A STAR

Prior to becoming the dominant force in the heavyweight division that he has, Usyk was the undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world. Naturally, seeing such a juicy payday so close to him has stoked the flames of his competitive hunger. While this all sounds great however, there is little likelihood that anything will come out of it. The general belief is that Canelo is just going to dip into the division long enough to grab the one specific title and then immediately evacuate the weight class.

If Alvarez was planning on making a home at cruiserweight, then that would be a different story. With things as they stand however, this appears to be a one-and-done anomaly type of prizefight. For the sake of daydreaming though, Usyk versus Alvarez would be an excellent dustup. Obviously, due to the size discrepancy, the Ukrainian would be viewed as the betting favorite going in. Yet, if the Mexican could somehow out-skill Usyk, his already platinum level name value would only increase. So, let’s just see if this loose name calling develops into anything worthwhile.

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By: Bakari Simpson

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