NEW YORK -- Kamaru Uzman has one of top fighters around the world in his sights. It's not a fellow MMA fighter.
The UFC welterweight champion, and ESPN's No. The UFC 268 media conference saw the No. 1 ranked mixed martial artist pound for pound, who said Wednesday that he plans to fight Canelo Alvarez in a future boxing match.
Usman suggested that it could be billed in a first-time bout between the top pound for pound MMA fighter and the top pound for pound boxer in their primes.
Usman stated, "I believe that's something [would be]] the largest ever in history," That's what I want to do. This is what scares me. This is what gets me up in morning. This is something I may risk my daughter's life for 12 more weeks to get.
In a Saturday rematch at Madison Square Garden, Usman will defend his title against Colby Covington. Alvarez's pay per view fight against Caleb Plant will be televised from Las Vegas. Usman indicated that he would talk to Dana White, UFC president, about the possibility of Alvarez winning against Covington. Usman stated that he hasn't yet talked to White about the matter, but that he is certain White is "hearing" about it now.
Usman stated, "We'll be able to see who does it better." "We are both in the entertainment business today. He will entertain the crowd on the same night. We will, too. We'll determine who has the best numbers, then we'll sit down and have a conversation with Dana White, the pound-for pound best promoter in this game. Then we'll make an attempt to make it happen."
The 34-year-old Usman is a former NCAA Division II wrestling All-American. He has won 14 consecutive UFC matches, which is second only to Anderson Silva (16). Usman defeated Tyron Woodley to win the UFC Welterweight title in March 2019. He now has four successful defenses of his title. After Usman's defeat of Jorge Masvidal in April, the Nigerian native has not lost since 2013. Covington will be his second consecutive title rematch.
Usman stated that a Canelo fight would be something completely different and provide him with the challenge he desires.
Usman said that Canelo is a master of his trade. He's used to these boxers. He is used to the speed of boxing and boxing movements, and other such things. We're different. Sometimes, being different is good. You can give him a new look. It's a tall tree, and we all know what happened when I was the underdog."