Oleksandr Usyk ready to fight Canelo Alvarez at cruiserweight Boxing News 24
Through Dan Ambroise: Oleksandr Usyk says he will return to cruiserweight to entertain a fight with Canelo Alvarez provided he can retain his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles.
Former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) was asked this week if he would be ready to fight the legacy-focused Canelo in his old weight class, and he said he would.
Usyk has heard of the $ 10 million + handbag that IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant got for his fight with Canelo on November 6, and he wants to get in on the action.
2012 Olympic gold medalist Usyk is waiting to see when his rematch with Anthony Joshua will take place. This fight isn’t until March or April of next year.
Oleksandr, 6’3 ″, has excellent technical and boxing skills as well as a great chin. So the way Canelo was able to score knockouts recently despite a VERY low impact power probably won’t work against Usyk.
Unless Canelo could throw more shots and fight harder than he was, Usyk would embarrass him and probably score a save.
Usyk would have no problem fighting Canelo
Switching to cruiserweight for light work against little 5’8 ″ Canelo (57-1-2, 39 KOs) would be an easy job for Usyk, as he weighed 221 lbs for his last heavyweight fight against Joshua (24- 2, 22 KB) on September 25.
Cruiserweights tend to gain weight at 200 lbs and then rehydrate at around 215 lbs. For Usyk, going from 221 pounds to 200 pounds would be easy as he would only need to lose five pounds of muscle and then dehydrate the remaining 15 to 16 pounds of water weight to hit the 200 pound limit to take on Canelo. .
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Canelo wants to move up to cruiserweight to face WBC champion Ilunga Makabu for his next to become a world champion in five divisions.
Fans would be far more impressed with Canelo if he faced Usyk at cruiserweight than defective paper champion Makabu. Yeah, Usyk doesn’t have a title up for grabs for the belt-hungry Canelo, but let’s face it.
Canelo is obsessed with winning titles
The ONLY way Canelo beats Usyk is if he gets a judgment like the one we’ve seen in his two fights with Gennadiy Golovkin, Erislandy Lara, Miguel Cotto, and Austin Trout. With that kind of judgment, Usyk wouldn’t stand a chance against Canelo unless he eliminated him, which is possible.
Alvarez has entered a weird cycle where he is focused on winning world titles against paper champions rather than talented champions, and many boxing fans are looking to him. calculated opportunistic approach to win belts.
Fans would celebrate Canelo by winning world titles if he fought the right champions, but he doesn’t.
May be Gennadiy Golovkin dropped something from Canelo, causing him to stop taking risks and focus on nothing but sure wins over paper champions like the ones he won at 168 to become the undisputed champion.