The WBC approved Alvarez’s move up to cruiserweight so he can take on current champion Ilunga “Junior” Makabu. Details about the fight are not yet known, though it is expected to take place in May and could happen in Makabu’s native Democratic Republic of Congo, per ESPN.
“I know … what he has done with the heavyweights he spars with, and that is why we asked for the fight,” Canelo’s trainer and manager Eddy Reynoso said, via ESPN Deportes’ Salvador Rodriguez. “We know that [Makabu] is strong, but Canelo can beat him. … Many may say that it is crazy, but they also said that it was crazy when Canelo was junior middleweight champion and we were looking for middleweights, super middleweight, light heavyweights.
“I have a lot of confidence in Canelo. He is very strong and has many qualities, and I know that he is going to win that fight.” The WBC is also set to move the cruiserweight limit down from 200 to 190 pounds.
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