Canelo vs. Ilunga Makabu
The World Boxing Council Board of Governors has unanimously voted to approve Saul Canelo Alvarez to fight for the WBC cruiserweight title, in May or June.
It was proposed by his coach and manager Eddy Reynoso at the mandatory defenses committee at the WBC 59th Convention in Mexico City.
Ilunga told the WBC: “Yes I accept the fight. When I got this news from my manager and the President I said WOW, this is something good. 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 catchweight for this fight.
“I think Canelo is making a big mistake, which he is going to regret, because I`ll walk away with all the clothing. Canelo wants to prove to people that he can do better than others and I am quite prepared to let Canelo try for this dream, but I`ve got my also story to write down. Yes, this is boxing. I lost to Tony Bellew, but I came back. Now I`m telling you one hundred percent, I will knock out Canelo.”
Totally unfazed Canelo said he`ll come into this fight around one hundred and eighty pounds. He calmly said: “I`m a very smart fighter. I believe in my power and my skills, so this is why we`re going to try. It`s a great challenge and a question of twenty kilos. It`s a fifty/fifty challenge, but I feel very strong. I love challenges and making history. That`s why I`m here, and I like this challenge. We will see if it is the most difficult challenge of my career on that day!
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