Canelo Alvarez addresses Jorge Masvidal fight: “It is attractive, but…”
Jorge Masvidal has risen to stardom, as he has enjoyed three huge wins this year. After defeating Nate Diaz at UFC 244, Masvidal issued a challenge to boxing world champion “Canelo” Alvarez, saying that he wanted to “break his face”. With Masvidal’s star shining brighter than ever, it’s no surprise that his challenge reached Alvarez.
In a recent interview, Alvarez addressed Masvidal’s call out, and shut it down as respectfully as possible.
“I say this with all respect: If I go into his sport, I have nothing to do there. And I think the same about boxing: If (MMA fighters) come into boxing, they have nothing to do here,” Alvarez told Little Giant Boxing. “But looking at it from a business standpoint, it is attractive, but it’s not a challenge for me, so it’s not my priority.”
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When asked about the prevalence of crossover fights, such as Tyson Fury wanting to fight Brock Lesnar, Alvarez was sure of why.
“Because of money – because of the business and nothing else,” Alvarez said. “That’s the reality, because what else? They would’ve started boxing from the beginning if they really liked boxing. And I say this will all due respect, each to their own: I respect what they do and their sport, and they’re great fighters in what they do. But in boxing, well, it’s just something else.”
Alvarez is enjoying a four fight win streak since his 2017 draw with rival Genady Golovkin (who he defeated afterwards). He most recently moved up in weight to face Sergey Kovalev, and won via TKO in the eleventh round.
Masvidal’s next fight is not yet decided, but there is good chance that he faces the winner of Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington.