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Ilunga Makabu swears to knockout Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez after rating the star pound for pound as the Mexican admits he will give TWO STONES in cruiserweight title fight


Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is only ready to jump to 180 pounds in his attempt to dethrone Ilunga Makabu and become world cruiserweight champion.

The undisputed super middleweight champion cemented his legacy as the world’s best pound-for-pound with a dominating save from Caleb Plant to take the last remaining belt at 169 pounds.

Makabu will have a four inch tall advantage over Canelo and will naturally be much heavier
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In a spectacular 12-month sweep, the Mexican picked up the WBA and Ring Magazine belts from Callum Smith, defended the WBC title against Avni Yildirim, took the WBO strap from Billy Joe Saunders and finally the IBF strap from Plant. .

It’s hard to think of a more ruthless or dominating reign of a champion in recent history, with Canelo no longer tied to a promoter or broadcaster and unwilling to let boxing politics get in his way.

At the WBC convention in Mexico City, the 31-year-old granted his wish to face cruiserweight champion Makabu to embellish his legacy and attempt to become a six-weight world champion.

And while he wants to stay relatively light so he can return to light heavyweight, Canelo admits he will give two more stones when he takes on the Congolese champion in May 2022.

Ilunga Makabu swears to knockout Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez after rating the star pound for pound as the Mexican admits he will give TWO STONES in cruiserweight title fight
The Mexican is ready to weigh 20 pounds under the 200-pound cruiser weight limit
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“I’m a very smart fighter,” he said at the 59th WBC Annual Convention.

“I believe in my power and my skills, that’s why we are going to try [to win the title at cruiserweight]. It is a big challenge and a question of twenty kilos.

“It’s a fifty / fifty challenge, but I feel very strong. I like challenges and write history.

“That’s why I’m here and I love this challenge. We’ll see if this is the most difficult challenge of my career that day.

Ilunga Makabu swears to knockout Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez after rating the star pound for pound as the Mexican admits he will give TWO STONES in cruiserweight title fight
The 31-year-old is a five-weight world champion, but has never fought above 175 pounds
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Makabu was knocked out by Tony Bellew in 2016 at Goodison Park, but has since regained the title and remains one of the division’s most dangerous fighters with nine rebound wins.

While there may be a gap in skill level, Makabu is a natural six-footer cruiserweight and hits hard – breaking Bellew’s nose in the first round at Everton.

The 34-year-old southpaw couldn’t quite believe his luck the fight was done and is ready to take on boxing’s most lucrative fighter.

“Yes, I accept the fight,” he said at the convention. “When I got this news from my manager and (WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman), I said, ‘Wow! This is something good.

Ilunga Makabu swears to knockout Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez after rating the star pound for pound as the Mexican admits he will give TWO STONES in cruiserweight title fight
Makabu defeated Bellew in the first round …
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Ilunga Makabu swears to knockout Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez after rating the star pound for pound as the Mexican admits he will give TWO STONES in cruiserweight title fight
..but was KO in the third round
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“Canelo is the best boxer on the planet right now. So, I want to fight the best, and I accept, but there will be no deadweight for this fight.

“I think Canelo is making a big mistake, which he will regret. Canelo wants to prove to people that he can do better than others and I am quite ready to let Canelo try to make this dream come true, but I have also my story to write.

“Yes, it’s boxing. I lost to Tony Bellew, but I came back. Now I’m 100% telling you, I’m going to knock out Canelo.

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