Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez successfully lobbied the WBC to approve an extraordinary shot at the cruiserweight title

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez successfully lobbied the WBC to approve an extraordinary shot at the cruiserweight title…  Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has successfully lobbied the World Boxing Council to approve an extraordinary shot at the cruiserweight title.

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez successfully lobbied the WBC to approve an extraordinary shot at the cruiserweight title
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez successfully lobbied the WBC to approve an extraordinary shot at the cruiserweight title—–

The WBC is one of four major organizations that sanctions pro boxing matches designed to elevate winning fighters into championship bouts.

Alvarez, the consensus No.1 fighter in boxing today, will be moving up two weight classes to try and win a world title in his fifth division, having previously conquered super welterweight, middleweight, super middleweight, and light heavyweight.

Considering the 31-year-old began his championship reign at 154-pounds, it will be some feat to win honors at 190-pounds — a weight increase of close to 25% over time.

Standing in his way is the current WBC cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu, a 34-year-old southpaw who won his title in a 2020 fight against Michal Cieslak in his native Congo, before defending the title against Olanrewaju Durodola of Nigeria.

Alvarez, via his trainer and manager Eddy Reynoso, submitted a formal request with the WBC that would see them book the Makabu fight in 2021.

WBC governors “unanimously voted to approve Alvarez to fight for the WBC cruiserweight title in May or June,” a statement on the official WBC website said, after a formal announcement Tuesday at a convention in Mexico City.

“It was proposed by his coach and manager Eddy Reynoso at the mandatory defenses committee,” the statement added.

The news comes as a shock considering Alvarez has, in the space of 11 months, unified all of the major championship belts at 168-pounds. He has beaten Callum Smith, Billy Joe Saunders, and Caleb Plant along the way.

After beating Plant in early November, it was unclear who Alvarez’s next opponent would be, or indeed, what television platform he’d compete on.

David Benavidez and Jermall Charlo looked like viable fighters on the premium network Showtime, yet if Canelo wanted to box at light heavyweight, then he could return to DAZN for a showdown against Dmitry Bivol.

However, skipping the 175-pound division entirely for a move into a weight class Canelo has never ventured in before, is a stunning one.

If it takes place, and if Alvarez is successful, it will fortify an already incredible legacy in sport. However, considering he’s only 31, there’s ample time for Canelo to make even more career-enhancing moves.

 

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