WBC Approves Challenge Between Canelo Alvarez And WBC Cruiserweight Champ Ilunga Makabu

Canelo Alvarez has shocked the world once again.

This time, it’s because the World Boxing Council approved the challenge between Alvarez and WBC world cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu for the cruiserweight title, slated for early 2022.

“The WBC has approved unanimously Canelo Alvarez to fight for the WBC cruiserweight championship of the world,” WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said on Tuesday at the sanctioning body’s convention.

“This is a very, very big surprise to me, but I’m sure he [Canelo] will continue to make history. Congratulations.”

The news brought mixed reactions.

Critics — who have constantly blasted the boxer – said this continues Alvarez’s motions of “cherry picking” weaker opponents. According to them, Ilunga Makabu (28-2, 25 KOs) is the weakest of the five cruiserweight champions.

Other division champions include WBA super champion Arsen Goulamirian (26-0, 18 KOs), WBA regular champion Ryad Merhy (30-1, 25 KOs), IBF and The Ring champion Mairis Briedis (27-1, 19 KOs) and WBO champion Lawrence Okolie (17-0, 14 KOs).

Meanwhile, those who side with the Mexican icon say this is not an easy feat because Alvarez, who is the current undisputed super middleweight champion, would be bulking up two divisions and would face a 6’0” opponent to his 5’8” stance.

If Alvarez were to achieve his goal, he would accomplish something equal to Floyd Mayweather, the only man to hand him a loss and arguably one of the best boxers.

With a win, Alvarez would become a fifth division world titlist.

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