Boxing: Canelo Alvarez to switch to CRUISERWEIGHT to face Ilunga Makabu
Canelo Alvarez will move to CRUISERWEIGHT to take on Ilunga Makabu in a bid to become a five-weight world champion after Mexican king pound for pound unites super middleweight belts
- Canelo Alvarez conquered a fifth weight class by eliminating Caleb Plant
- He will now look to win a world cruiserweight title after unifying the super middleweight
- The Mexican will face Ilunga Makabu in a bold attempt to add to his honors
- WBC sanctioned her astonishing request but admitted she was “surprised”
Pound-for-pound boxing star Canelo Alvarez has no plans to stop his journey to conquer the sport after revealing he is set to step up to cruiserweight to challenge a world title in a fifth category of weight.
The Mexican has just become the undisputed king of super middleweight after knocking out Caleb Plant last week – the fourth division in which he became world champion – but is clearly hungry for even more after staging a fight against the WBC holder Ilunga Makabu.
Canelo tops Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound charts, ahead of Oleksandr Usyk and Terrence Crawford, and is on his way to becoming one of the greatest fighters of all time if he can pull off this ambitious latest feat.
Canelo Alvarez will make the daring attempt to conquer a fifth weight class at cruiserweight with the Mexican ready to challenge Ilunga Makabu (R)
He’s just unified the super middleweight division after beating Caleb Plant last week
The WBC has confirmed that it has approved his astonishing request, with President Mauricio Sulaiman admitting he was “surprised” by Canelo’s candidacy for further honors.
âThe WBC has unanimously endorsed Canelo to fight for the WBC cruiserweight world championship,â he said.
“It’s a surprise to me, but I’m sure he will continue to make history.”
He’s already won the world title in super-welterweight, middleweight, super-middleweight and even light-heavyweight – the highest he’s reached so far after knocking out threatening Sergey Kovalev.
Now he will be looking to cause even more shock – although Canelo’s accomplishments become much less surprising – and boxing fans may remember his next opponent Makabu as the man Tony Bellew stopped at. Goodison Park to win his first world cruiserweight title in 2016.
He got a save in Round 11 against Plant and now has even more honors in sight
He has since rebuilt his career, beating Dmitry Kudryashov and Alexei Papin in Russia before winning the same WBC belt he failed to win against the Liverpudlian after beating Michal Cieslak last year. He made a defense – arresting Olanrewaju Durodola at the end of 2020.
Canelo coach Eddy Reynoso is confident his man can create another upset and beat Makabu despite the noticeable increase in weight.
âI knowâ¦ what he’s been doing with the heavyweights he’s training with, and that’s why we asked for the fight,â he told ESPN. ‘We know that [Makabu] is strong, but Canelo can beat him.
âIt’s one more challenge. Just as we took on the challenges at 168 and 175 pounds, now we’re going to move on to cruiserweight.
Makabu will be remembered by English fight fans as the man who was arrested by Tony Bellew in 2015
Reynoso said his team had offered to host the fight in Ilunga country, the Democratic Republic of Congo – the same location where Muhammad Ali and George Foreman’s ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ took place – but the current one WBC champion insists he will fight him anywhere.
“I am very happy to fight Caneloâ¦ I will fight Canelo wherever he wantsâ¦ You are tough and the best, and you meet the best.” It’s a great opportunity for me to fight the best boxer in the world.
Only five male fighters managed to reign over five weight divisions – Floyd Mayweather, Oscar de la Hoya, Ray Charles Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Manny Pacquiao – who won eight.