Canelo Alvarez gets WBC’s approval to fight Ilunga Junior Makabu for cruiserweight title

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  • Mike CoppingerESPN

Canelo Alvarez could chase a title in a fifth weight course.

At the WBC Conference on Wednesday in Mexico Metropolis, the organization approved the ask for of Canelo’s trainer and supervisor, Eddy Reynoso, to have Alvarez problem Ilunga Junior Makabu for the cruiserweight championship.

Alvarez, ESPN’s No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer, became undisputed champion at 168 pounds before this month with an 11th-round TKO of Caleb Plant. A earn above Makabu would make Canelo (57-1-2, 39 KOs) a five-division champion.

Alvarez has under no circumstances competed at cruiserweight, so Reynoso essential to petition the WBC to order the title battle. Now that the struggle has been accepted, negotiations can commence and if no offer is struck, a purse bid will be ordered.

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“I know … what he has performed with the heavyweights he spars with, and that is why we questioned for the combat,” Reynoso instructed ESPN Deportes’ Salvador Rodriguez. “We know that [Makabu] is solid, but Canelo can beat him. … Quite a few may perhaps say that it is crazy, but they also stated that it was outrageous when Canelo was junior middleweight champion, and we ended up searching for middleweights, super middleweight, light heavyweights.

“I have a ton of self confidence in Canelo. He is incredibly sturdy and has quite a few characteristics, and I know that he is likely to gain that combat.”

Alvarez, 31, fought after at 175 pounds, a November 2019 TKO victory around Sergey Kovalev for a mild heavyweight title. He unified titles at 154 kilos and 160 lbs before that.

The cruiserweight limit is 200 pounds, but the WBC a short while ago introduced an 18th weight course — bridgerweight — with a restrict of 224 kilos. In a corresponding shift, the Mexico-based group is decreasing the cruiserweight restrict to 190 lbs ., the same body weight when the division was released in 1979, just before it was enhanced by 10 pounds in 2004.

Reynoso advised Rodriguez there have been some delivers to fight in Congo, Makabu’s birthplace.

“Let’s see if something can be arranged for that to come about,” he claimed. “It is one particular much more problem. Just as we took the troubles at 168 and 175 kilos, now we are likely to cruiserweight.”

Makabu, ESPN’s No. 4 cruiserweight, has reeled off nine consecutive wins given that he misplaced the title to Tony Bellew through third-round TKO in 2016.

He is promoted by Don King, who final thirty day period announced a offer for Makabu to struggle Thabiso Mchunu. Nevertheless, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman claimed Mchunu was not ready to struggle on Jan. 8, as planned.

Makabu, 34, stated he was fired up about the prospect of preventing Alvarez.

“I’m feeling pretty pleased because I fight the very best boxer in the planet,” Makabu, who resides in Johannesburg, told Rodriguez. “Canelo has been beating everybody … but now he’s fighting a single hard guy.

“I am going to fight any where. Even if they put on the fight in his own dwelling with no general public. I will struggle.”