Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez to challenge Ilunga Makabu for WBC cruiserweight title with the aim of conquering a fifth division | Boxing News
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez will challenge WBC cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu in an astonishing attempt to become the five-division title holder.
The WBC approved his request to move from two divisions to a new weight class for a title shot in May or June at their annual convention on Tuesday night.
“The WBC has unanimously endorsed Canelo to fight for the WBC cruiserweight world championship,” said Chairman Mauricio Sulaiman.
“It’s a surprise to me, but I’m sure he will continue to make history.”
Canelo had a remarkable year, dethroning three undefeated super middleweight champions (Callum Smith, Billy Joe Saunders and Caleb Plant) to go unchallenged.
The Mexican is celebrated as the world’s No. 1 fighter pound for pound thanks to this accomplishment.
He won his first super-welterweight world title, then established himself in middleweight after two classic fights with Gennadiy Golovkin.
He made a bold move to light heavyweight (the highest he’s been so far) and knocked out the dreaded Sergey Kovalev to claim his WBO title.
But now he will venture even further, into the cruiserweight division, the last category before heavyweights.
Reigning WBC champion Makabu was knocked out by Tony Bellew at Goodison Park in 2016 as the local Liverpool became world champion for the first time.
But Makabu has since rebuilt impressively, beating Dmitry Kudryashov and Alexei Papin away in Russia.
Makabu’s WBC gold is also targeted by Richard Riakporhe, who fights for the “silver” belt against Olanrewaju Durodola on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.
“Absolutely,” Sulaiman told Sky Sports of Riakporhe’s hopes before hearing Canelo’s request.
“When you become the silver champion, you are right at the finish line. “
Sky Sports Boxe schedule
November 20 – BOXXER in London
Richard Riakporhe vs. Olanrewaju Durodola
Florian Marku vs. Jorick Luisetto
Hosea Burton vs Dan Azeez – British Lightweight Title
November 20 – Best ranking in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter – WBO welterweight title
December 11 – BOXXER in Cardiff
Chris Eubank Jr vs. Liam Williams
Claressa Shields vs. Ema Kozin
December 11 – Top Rank in New York
Vassili Lomachenko vs. Richard Commey
Jared Anderson vs. Oleksandr Teslenko
Nico ali walsh
December 17 – Best ranking in Montreal
Artur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne – IBF and WBC lightweight titles
February 26 – Best ranking in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed welterweight title