Undisputed Champion Canelo Alvarez Waiting For Winner Of Cruiserweight Rematch Ilunga Makabu-Thabiso Mchunu
Canelo Alvarez has been given the green light for his next challenge, now all he has to do is wait.
World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman said Alvarez, the current undisputed super middleweight champion, will face the winner of the upcoming rematch between WBC cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu and mandatory challenger Thabiso Mchunu.
Alvarez made the request to fight for the WBC cruiserweight title last month during the sanctioning body’s convention in Mexio, which they approved.
Alvarez currently fights at super middleweight, which has a 168-pound limit. The 31-year-old will move up two weight classes; cruiserweight has a limit of 200 pounds.
The Mexican boxing sensation has claimed world titles at 154, 160, 168 and 175 pounds.
In his last bout, he overpowered Caleb Plant and snatched his IBF belt with a technical knockout. He made history with the feat and became the first ever undisputed super middleweight champion.
While many dub Alvarez as one of the greatest boxers of all time, some criticize the star for always “cherry picking” weaker opponents, which, they argue, he did the same with Makabu, who some say is the weakest of the cruiserweight champions.
Alvarez only has one loss in his career and it’s to another boxing great, Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2013.
Mandatory challenger Mchunu will fight Makabu on January 29 in Warren, Ohio.