Canelo Alvarez Finally Accepts Jorge Masvidal's Call-Out For Boxing Bout
Pound-for-pound boxing star Canelo Alvarez says he's down to fight UFC's Jorge Masvidal in a blockbuster boxing bout.
Masvidal called for a mega showdown with Canelo after stopping Nate Diaz at UFC 244 last month.
The Mexican sensation initially turned down his offer, but he's now changed his tune and told TMZ: "For business, why not?!"
Canelo Alvarez Down To Box UFC's Jorge Masvidal, 'Why Not?!' https://t.co/wEoQMUdOVB- TMZ (@TMZ) December 27, 2019
Canelo last fought on November 2 - the same night as Masvidal vs. Diaz - where he beat Sergey Kovalev to become the WBO light-heavyweight world champion. He has since vacated that title and hasn't got a fight lined up yet.
Masvidal's also waiting for his next fight with the Miami native feeling very strongly that he could beat Canelo in a boxing match.
"I consider myself 10 times the athlete [Canelo] is just because of MMA in general," he explained to ESPN. "All the strength, speed and power you have to generate - to throw one kick is like throwing 10 right hands.
"The energy it takes to wrestle and pick somebody up in the air... boxing's just your weight, nobody cares. If I could shift those energy blocks and bring them down to boxing where I'm throwing 80 or 90 punches a round, I feel I could hurt this dude.
"I definitely agree that if [Alvarez] was to go to MMA, it wouldn't be a challenge because I've thrown 10,000 left high-kicks in a month and he's never done one. It's kind of the same thing to boxing, where if I've thrown a million jabs, then he's thrown 10 million because that's all his focus.
"That being said, there's still an element that I could put his ass to sleep... maybe I don't hit harder, but I'm definitely bigger. I could definitely make a statement and even it out for MMA, my sport. There [are] still things in boxing that are a part of boxing.
"I just feel I could beat him up in some areas. Does he have a better jab and left hook than me? Yeah, of course. But there's still elements where I could make it awkward for him, just like Conor did to Mayweather. Those are the mountains I like to scale. If I'm going into boxing, I want the best guy they got."
Canelo vs. Masvidal in 2020? Stay tuned!