Canelo Álvarez

WBC approves Canelo Alvarez's jump to take on Ilunga Makabu for cruiserweight title

Canelo Alvarez is going to get his shot at a fifth division world title in 2022.

The WBC approved Alvarez’s move up to cruiserweight so he can take on current champion Ilunga "Junior" Makabu.

"I know ... what he has done with the heavyweights he spars with, and that is why we asked for the fight," his trainer and manager Eddy Reynoso said, via ESPN Deportes' Salvador Rodriguez .

Makabu defended the cruiserweight title last December with a TKO win over Olanrewaju Durodola after first winning it in via unanimous decision over Michael Cieslak in January 2020.

This bout with Makabu won’t vacate Alvarez’s other titles at 168-pounds, according to ESPN.

The WBC is also set to move the cruiserweight limit down from 200 to 190 pounds.

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