Canelo Álvarez will move up to CRUISERWEIGHT to face Ilunga Makabu in a bid to become the five-peso world champion after the pound-for-pound Mexican king unified the super middleweight belts.
- Canelo Álvarez conquered a fifth weight class by knocking out Caleb Plant
- Now looking to win a world cruiserweight title after unifying the super middleweight
- The Mexican will face Ilunga Makabu in a daring attempt to join his honors
- The WBC sanctioned their shocking request but admitted they were ‘surprised’
Pound-for-pound boxing star Canelo Alvarez has no plans to stop his journey to conquer the sport after revealing that he is ready to move up to cruiserweight to fight for a world title in a fifth weight class.
The Mexican just became the undisputed king of super middleweight after knocking out Caleb Plant last week, the fourth division in which he has become world champion, but is clearly hungry for more after preparing a fight against him. WBC holder Ilunga Makabu.
Canelo tops Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound rankings, 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 latest ambitious feat.
Canelo Álvarez will make the audacious attempt to conquer a fifth category of cruiserweight with the Mexican ready to challenge Ilunga Makabu (R).
He just unified the super middleweight division after beating Caleb Plant last week.
The WBC confirmed that it approved his surprising request, and President Mauricio Sulaiman admitted that he was ‘shocked’ by Canelo’s offer for more honors.
“The WBC has unanimously approved Canelo to fight for the WBC world cruiserweight championship,” he said.
“This is a surprise to me, but I’m sure it will continue to make history.”
He has already won the world title at super welterweight, middleweight, super middleweight and even light heavyweight, the highest he has ever reached after knocking out the menacing Sergey Kovalev.
Now he will look to cause even more commotion, although Canelo’s accomplishments are becoming 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 title in cruiserweight in 2016.
He secured an 11th round stoppage over Plant and now has even more honors in his sights.
Since then, he has rebuilt his career, beating Dmitry Kudryashov and Alexei Papin in Russia before winning the same WBC belt he failed to win against Liverpool after beating Michal Cieslak last year. He has made a defense: stop Olanrewaju Durodola at the end of 2020.
Canelo’s trainer Eddy Reynoso is confident his man can deliver another surprise and beat Makabu despite the notable weight gain.
“I know … what he’s done with the heavyweights that he practices with, and that’s why we asked for the fight,” he told ESPN. ‘We know [Makabu] He’s strong, but Canelo can beat him.
‘It is one more challenge. Just as we accepted the challenges at 168 and 175 pounds, we are now going to cruiserweight. ‘
English wrestling fans will remember Makabu as the man who was stopped by Tony Bellew in 2015
Reynoso said his team had offers to host the fight in the country of Ilunga, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the same place where Muhammad Ali and George Foreman’s ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ took place, but the reigning WBC champion insists on who will fight him anywhere.
‘I’m very happy to fight Canelo… I will fight Canelo wherever he wants… You are tough and the best, and you are meeting the best. It’s a great opportunity for me to fight the best fighter in the world. ‘
Only five male fighters have managed to rule five weight divisions: Floyd Mayweather, Oscar de la Hoya, Ray Charles Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Manny Pacquiao, who won eight.