In a recent interview with Danny Segura of MMA Junkie, Ali Abdelaziz made a bold prediction for a potential matchup between UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and boxings super-middleweight king Canelo Alverez.
Abdelaziz, who manages several of the top fighters in the world states that he and Usman both desire a boxing match with Alverez. Despite Dana White not being fully on board with the idea, Abdelaziz states that “Kamaru has done everything in the sport, sometime when guys done this much in the sport you give him what he wants.”
Abdelaziz also states that Usman is not interested in fighting either of the Paul brothers. He tells MMA Junkie that Usman “said I’m the pound-for-pound king in MMA, I want to fight the pound-for-pound coward in boxing.”
Usman, who is 20-1 in professional MMA, has not tasted defeat since 2013, prior to signing with the UFC. Since winning the UFC welterweight title in 2019, Usman has successfully defended his strap twice against both Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal. He also holds a title defense victory over Gilbert Burns.
When asked for a prediction of how the fight would go down, Abdelaziz stated “Kamaru will knock him out in three rounds.”
However, both Usman and Canelo have bouts in the making for the summer.
By the looks of it, Usman will face Leon Edwards sometime in the summer for his sixth consecutive title defense.
The hope then, according to Ali Abdelaziz is to put on a super-fight between the two pound-for-pound greats “in September” of this year.
If this fight ever comes to fruition, how do you see it playing out?
As a recent graduate from Lewis-Clark State College with a B.S. in History, Bjorn first fell in love with mixed martial arts when he watched UFC 196. As a contributor for MyMMANews, Bjorn matches his love for MMA, history, and writing.