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Canelo Alvarez urged to fight Anthony Joshua despite FIVE STONE difference after Mexican called out Oleksandr Usyk

CANELO ALVAREZ has been told to forget about fighting Oleksandr Usyk… and focus on Anthony Joshua instead.

Before the Mexican lost to Dmitry Bivol in May, he opened the door to a sensational catchweight clash with Usyk.

Canelo Alvarez is open to fighting Oleksandr Usyk

Anthony Joshua before his rematch loss to Oleksandr Usyk

And despite the defeat and sizeable weight disadvantage, Canelo recently insisted he is still up for facing the heavyweight champion.

But Bivol has warned his counterpart against it and said he would be better of fighting AJ instead.

The Russian told iFL TV: “Canelo-Usyk? I think a better fight is Canelo [against] Joshua. It will be better, much more.”

Joshua, 32, weighed in at 17st 4lb before losing to Usyk, 35, in their rematch, having been beaten initially last September.

Whereas Canelo, 32, last boxed at the 12st 7lb light-heavyweight limit in defeat to Bivol, 31.

But he goes back down to 12st to defend his undisputed super-middleweight crown against Gennady Golovkin, 40, on September 17.

That means he would be giving away over FIVE STONE if he was to face Joshua.

And even Usyk at 15st 11lb would have almost four stone over Canelo.


But it will not him put off challenging his fellow pound-for-pound star.

Asked about fighting Usyk, Canelo said: “It’s difficult, but I don’t care. I like that kind of challenge.

“It’s gonna be difficult, I know, but I love boxing. I love being in that kind of situation.”

Anthony Joshua was twice beaten by Oleksandr Usyk