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Canelo Alvarez to battle WBC cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu in bid to turn out to be a five-division titleholder

On the WBC 59th Conference in Mexico Metropolis, the WBC Board of Governors unanimously permitted the request of Alvarez’s coach and supervisor — Eddy Reynoso — to permit the Mexican to contest the cruiserweight title in Could or June 2021.

“The WBC has permitted unanimously Canelo to battle for the WBC cruiserweight championship of the world,” mentioned WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman.

Earlier this month, Alvarez turned the primary ever undisputed tremendous middleweight champion with a win by way of eleventh spherical technical knockout over then-undefeated IBF titleholder Caleb Plant.

Now holding all 4 main tremendous middleweight world titles — the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO — victory over American Plant in Las Vegas topped one other historic yr for Canelo, having already defeated two beforehand undefeated titleholders in British pair Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders.

Extensively thought to be the game’s finest pound-for-pound fighter on the again of this feat, 31-year-old Alvarez had already gained a number of world championships throughout three different weight courses — super-welterweight, middleweight and light-heavyweight — and has misplaced simply as soon as throughout 60 skilled fights.

With 57 wins and two attracts, that sole defeat got here by way of majority resolution to Floyd Mayweather Jr in Las Vegas in 2013, with Alvarez shedding the WBC mild middleweight title within the course of.

Standing in the way in which of Alvarez’s pursuit of a title in a fifth weight class is Makabu, who has held the WBC cruiserweight title since defeating Poland’s Michal Cieslak for the vacant belt in January 2020.

Makabu and Russian boxer Alexei Papin in their WBC cruiserweight title bout in 2019.

The Congolese fighter prolonged his skilled file to 28-2 in his most up-to-date victory over Nigeria’s Olanrewaju Durodola in December final yr.

Makabu’s first defeat got here in his maiden skilled bout in 2008, together with his solely different defeat coming by the hands of British boxer Tony Bellew in Liverpool in 2016.

Preventing in Bellew’s home-city at Everton Soccer Membership’s Goodison Park stadium, Makabu was knocked out within the third spherical, however the Congolese has since bounced again with 9 consecutive victories.

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