CANELO ALVAREZ has found himself embroiled in a war of words with UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
The bizarre Twitter back-and-forth ensued after Usman’s manager – Ali Abdelaziz – claimed boxing’s pound-for-pound king was afraid to take part in a crossover bout.
The pair recently engaged in a war of word on Twitter
A stunned Canelo – who is gearing up for a light-heavyweight showdown with Dmitry Bivol – replied by saying: “Who the f*** is this?”
Usman chimed in by saying: “Let’s just all relax… before somebody gets hurt.”
Undisputed super-middleweight king Canelo, quote tweeted Usman’s response and said: “I agree cuz it will not be me.”
The UFC’s first African champion responded with a challenge to boxing’s biggest star, saying: “In the cage or the ring I’m willing find out in both… Are you?”
Canelo was left stunned by Usman’s call-out, which he believes is motivated purely by financial gain.
He asked: “You calling me out, right? You want the payday, right?
“So you know where, but sit down it’s not your turn yet I have a legacy to make.”
Usman interpreted Canelo’s final reply to be an admission that he’s not keen on the fight.
He added: “Enough said… you don’t want that smoke in a real fight.
“I hear you! Good luck champ.”
Usman set his sights on a showdown with Canelo late last year and reiterated his eagerness to box the Mexican a few weeks after his UFC 268 victory over Colby Covington.
But his motivations for fighting the future hall-of-famer aren’t financial.
He recently told SunSport: “The more it scares me, the more I’m willing to prepare and go through [hell] to achieve it.
“It’s no surprise. Canelo is a tall glass for anybody – a tall pint.
“And it scares me, it scares me to death. But the real reason [I want the fight] is: I wanted to be welterweight champion, I got it.
“I wanted to be pound-for-pound, I got it. I always thought this phrase was special, and the phrase that I’m after now is: ‘The Face of the Fight Game’.
“And Canelo, right now, can’t say [he’s the face of the fight game].
“Yeah, he’s the face of boxing, but he can’t say he’s the face of the fight game.
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“And I can’t claim to that as well. So, there’s only one way for me to stake claim to that.
“And that’s taking on something that seems astronomically impossible to everyone, except myself.”