WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has approved Canelo Alvarez to challenge WBC cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu for his title in May 2022.
Canelo Alvarez’s trainer and manager Eddy Reynoso also announced the news at the WBC convention. Canelo recently defeated Caleb Plant to become the first super-middleweight and first Mexican undisputed champion in the four belt era (WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO). Canelo is clearly aiming to create history and a boxing legacy for himself.
Should Canelo win the bout, he will become a five division world champion: super-welterweight, middleweight, super-middleweight, light-heavyweight and cruiserweight.
South African Ilunga Makabu is the current WBC cruiserweight champion and has defended his world title three times since winning the vacant belt in June 2019. Makabu has a pro record of 28 wins, 25 by KO with 2 losses, both by knockout. The two fights Makabu lost were on his debut and against British fighter Tony Bellew in 2016, where both fought for the vacant WBC counterweight title and Bellew won by a brutal knockout in the third round
Canelo may face criticism from boxing fans as many were calling for him to face David Benavidez or Artur Beterbiev next. Many feel Canelo is picking the weaker champions of each division and not challenging himself against the best. Regardless of opinion, Canelo will do what he feels is best, alongside trainer and friend Eddy Reynoso, as they plot fights that will create boxing landmark and milestones not yet achieved.