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Canelo Alvarez Finally Accepts Jorge Masvidal's Call-Out For Boxing Bout

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?!"

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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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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!

Topics: Masvidal, UFC News, Canelo, Fight News, UFC, MMA

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Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.