One of the best boxers in the world appeared to threaten Lionel Messi following the soccer star’s World Cup celebration

One of the best boxers in the world appeared to threaten Lionel Messi following the soccer star's World Cup celebration

  • Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez threatened soccer star Lionel Messi on Twitter.
  • Argentina beat Mexico on Saturday and Messi celebrated in the dressing room after the win.
  • Canelo took offense at what he claimed was a lack of respect for the flag of Mexico during the festivities.

One of the best boxers in the world, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, appeared to threaten Lionel Messi following the soccer star’s FIFA World Cup celebration on Saturday.

Argentina beat Mexico 2-0 in a Group C match at Lusail Stadium in Qatar, thanks to goals from Messi in the 64th minute and Enzo Fernandez in the 87th minute.

The result has seen Argentina climb to second place in the group, behind Poland by just one point, and put Mexico in a precarious position in fourth place with just one point from two matches so far.

Canelo live-tweeted his thoughts during the match and was angered by Messi’s reaction in the locker room, when he was seen on video lifting a Mexico shirt off the ground using his right foot.

The Mexican boxer, a five-belt world boxing champion in super middleweight, saw this as a disrespectful act and claimed on social media that Messi was “wiping the floor with our jersey and flag”.

In an apparent threat, the 32-year-old added: “He should ask God not to find him.”

Watch the incident right here:

ESPN reporter told Canelo threatening Messi was ‘cowardly’

Lionel Messi scored Argentina's opening goal in a 2-0 win over Mexico.

Lionel Messi scored Argentina’s opening goal in a 2-0 win over Mexico.

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Mexican-Israeli sportscaster David Faitelson, who works for ESPN and has 4 million Twitter followers, didn’t support one of boxing’s biggest stars trying to pick a fight with a non-boxer.

“The ‘Clown’ Costume Doesn’t Fit You” Faitelson told Canelo. “You are a serious boxer. Keep it up.”

It wasn’t long before Canelo replied, “You don’t know anything.”

To which Faitelson simply told to forget about Messi and focus on Dmitry Bivol, the dominant light heavyweight boxer who beat Canelo earlier this year.

Canelo rebounded with a win over Gennadiy Golovkin in September, and a rematch with Bivol is slated for super middleweight in 2023.

Canelo appears to have taken offense at Faitelson’s comments, as he hinted that he would unite the reporter with Messi when it comes to his sworn enemies.

But Faitelson seemed unmoved.

“Yes, you will knock me out for sure. But I insist on Bivol,” he said.

“Why, instead of wasting time in cheap arguments, don’t you already seek revenge with the Russian? Look, threatening a footballer seems very cowardly to me.”

Canelo might as well not fight Bivol next, though

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

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While Messi remains in the hunt for the World Cup top scorer title, having scored two goals in two games for Argentina, Canelo appears to be keen to leapfrog Bivol in favor of a fight against John Ryder, according to boxing promoter Eddie Hearn.

The Matchroom president said on Saturday he had sent a message to Eddy Reynoso, Canelo’s trainer and manager, to say that following Ryder’s upset win over Zach Parker, he is now the mandatory challenger for one of Alvarez’s world titles.

“We go to the Emirates” Stadium in London in May, home of Arsenal of the EPL, said Hearn.

“It would be a dream for John Ryder, and he deserves it. He is a very, very good fighter. Now he is Canelo Alvarez’s mandatory challenger, and this could be our chance to bring Canelo to the UK. That would be incredible.”

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