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Kamaru Usman reveals date for fight with Canelo Alvarez

Kamaru Usman has revealed he plans to make the crossover to boxing for a big clash with Canelo Alvarez in September.

UFC Welterweight champion Usman will have his first 2022 UFC fight in July, before looking to Alvarez, who will first face Dmitry Bivol on May 7.

"2022, I'm going to shock the world," Usman told TMZ.

"In July, I'm going to fight Leon Edwards. God willing, I get through Leon Edwards, then in September, Mexican Independence Day, I will stop Canelo Alvarez."

Usman insists he wouldn't fight Alvarez just for a big pay day, as he believes he can beat the undisputed super middleweight champion.

"Boxing is dead, at the end of the day," said Usman.

"I'm not saying there's not good boxers, there's some fantastic boxers. Errol Spence Jr, there's a ton of guys that I could go down and really tell you that are fantastic fighters.

"But boxing is dying. At the end of the day, everybody wants to be entertained, and when have you ever seen pound-for-pound against the pound-for-pound? I'm not afraid to do that.

"Unfortunately those guys, i.e. Canelo, will never come over here to UFC to challenge. That's beside the point."Listen, he can overlook all he wants to overlook, but he's fighting guys over there that nobody knows. And he's going around saying 'Payday, payday'. Absolutely, it's the biggest payday you are ever going to make.

"I understand he gets paid, he makes money, but fighting me is the biggest payday he's ever going to have."

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