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Canelo Alvarez says Ilunga Makabu request caught him off guard with Eddy Reynoso keeping plan secret

‘I did not even learn about that!’: Canelo Alvarez claims he had NO IDEA about coach Eddy Reynoso’s formidable plan to maneuver as much as cruiserweight… with request to face world champion Ilunga Makabu taking him unexpectedly

  • Canelo Alvarez could possibly be set to face WBC cruiserweight chief Ilunga Makabu subsequent
  • The WBC granted Eddy Reynoso’s request for his fighter to fulfill their champion
  • Canelo might be leaping up two weight divisions if the bout materialises 
  • The Mexican insists he solely found Reynoso’s daring transfer on social media 

Canelo Alvarez has sensationally claimed he had no concept about Eddy Reynoso’s formidable plan to request a shot at world cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu.

Reynoso, Canelo’s long-time coach and supervisor, despatched shockwaves rippling by means of the game of boxing when he known as for his fighter to maneuver as much as cruiserweight and face Makabu, 34, eventually month’s WBC conference in Mexico City. 

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The WBC swiftly accepted his request, which means Canelo, 31, will bid to turn into a five-weight world champion if a deal is reached with Makabu’s crew.

Canelo Alvarez claims he had no idea about Eddy Reynoso's plan to face Ilunga Makabu

Canelo Alvarez claims he had no concept about Eddy Reynoso’s plan to face Ilunga Makabu

The pound-for-pound famous person has already tasted glory at light-heavyweight, middleweight and light-middleweight, whereas his most up-to-date knockout of Caleb Plant earned him the undisputed super-middleweight crown. 

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A cruiserweight title tilt would symbolize one among his most harmful challenges up to now, however Reynoso did not even seek the advice of him earlier than throwing down the gauntlet.

‘I did not even learn about (the request),’ Canelo informed World Boxing News. ‘I heard about it on social media what Eddy did.’ 

He then added whereas laughing: ‘No, I did not even learn about it.

The WBC granted Reynoso (left) his request for Canelo to face their cruiserweight champion

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The WBC granted Reynoso (left) his request for Canelo to face their cruiserweight champion 

The Mexican would be moving up two weight classes if a deal is reached with Makabu

The Mexican could be shifting up two weight lessons if a deal is reached with Makabu

‘Like I all the time say, if Eddy says one thing or he tries to do one thing loopy, I’m all the time in. I’m his warrior.

‘He known as me after that, and I mentioned, ‘OK, no matter you need.’ 

‘I by no means thought (about cruiserweight). Eddy all the time is considering issues, however I by no means considered it.’ 

Makabu, whose final defeat got here in opposition to Britain’s Tony Bellew again in 2016, has claimed victory in his final 9 contests, selecting up the WBC strap within the eighth combat of that successful run.

Beating the 200lbs chief next year would make Canelo a five-weight world champion

Beating the 200lbs chief subsequent yr would make Canelo a five-weight world champion

Nevertheless, when requested if he had heard of Makabu earlier than Reynoso’s shock request, Canelo admitted: ‘No, by no means earlier than. After that, folks on social media began placing up movies and the whole lot. That’s why I noticed him in a combat.

‘But by no means earlier than that (had I heard of him). I actually do not care. I’m a fighter.’  

Negotiations for the bout are nonetheless ongoing, with Canelo including: ‘It’s not completed but. We wish to see, we wish to attempt to do it, however it’s not completed but. So we’ll see in January what’s coming for us.’

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