KARACHI: Nigerian UFC champion Kamaru Usman said his knockout victory against Jorge Masvidal proved he could beat Canelo Alvarez.
Since last year, pound-for-pound No. 1 Usman has repeatedly challenged Alvarez to a bout. Alvarez says he's presently focused on establishing his boxing legacy, but he hasn't ruled out a future fight with 'The Nigerian Nightmare.'
Usman is scheduled to defend his welterweight belt later this year but has proposed fighting Alvarez on Cinco de Mayo weekend in September.
The UFC star cited his knockout of the year candidate against Masvidal in April as evidence that he could compete with the Mexican.
"When I said, 'Hey, Jorge Masvidal, you said you wanted a full camp, that you were going to be able to take me out with a full camp.' I said, 'Hey, this time I’m going to knock your head to the moon and I’m going to do it,'" Usman said on The Pat McAfee Show.
"After I went out there and dealt with [Gilbert] Burns, I got him back and said, 'Masvidal, you’re next. I’ll give you another shot, I'll give you a full camp and I'm knocking your head to the moon this time.' Everyone said, 'Masvidal's the best boxer in MMA.' I sent him to the shadow realm. I think he’s still up there.”
'When you have the pound-for-pound boxer on the planet at the moment where he’s going to stand there, he's going to bang, he's going to fight. He's coming in there to hurt you.
"Then you've got the pound-for-pound fighter on the planet around the same weight class that can actually do it and both be in their prime? You've never had that. "I'm brave enough to say, 'F*** you, I'm coming in there and I'm going to come in there and give you hell as long as I'm able to do this,'" the Nigerian concluded.