Boxing: Canelo gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star
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Canelo Alvarez, ranked the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, could sensationally join the heavyweight division and face the likes of Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, claims Eddie Hearn. The Mexican superstar defeated IBF super-middleweight champion Caleb Plant via an 11th-round TKO earlier this month in Las Vegas.
In doing so, Canelo added the belt to his WBA, WBC and WBO titles to become the first boxer in history to be the undisputed champion at 168lbs.
The 31-year-old has also reigned supreme at light-middleweight, middleweight, and light-heavyweight level.
On Thursday, the WBC remarkably ordered a cruiserweight fight between champion Ilunga Makabu and Canelo – meaning the Mexican possibly jumping up to cruiserweight.
The 34-year-old Congolese boxer has been defeated just twice in 30 fights, although he was knocked out by Tony Bellew at Goodison Park in 2016.
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A cruiserweight bout would force the Mexican to jump from 168lbs up to 200lbs – but promoter Hearn believes Alvarez could soon set his sights on the heavyweight division.
“I think with Canelo and Eddie Reynoso, they want challenges,” Hearn told iFL TV. “They want to dare to be great which is tremendous for the sport.
“The Makabu fight is a cruiserweight fight that would give him another world championship victory, would get a lot of people talking as it did last night, and I think it’s a good option for him.
“I think it’s a dangerous fight. I was speaking to Tony Bellew – who could be looking real good in a few months if this happens – and he said that Makabu is a huge puncher, huge puncher, and very strong.
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“I think that when you look at Saul the Golovkin fight is a huge fight financially, a lot of people would want to see that fight. But does that motivate him? I think he could become undisputed at 175 and I like that plan. But there is also the cruiserweight division.
“Listen, he could move up and fight at heavyweight. I mean, Usyk’s not a massive heavyweight, Trevor Bryan’s a world champion as well. Can he compete against those guys?
“Cruiserweight first, maybe. But I like the fight against Makabu. I think it’s a dangerous fight, I think it’s an exciting fight and as I said, Saul and Eddie are interested in making history.
“They’re not interested in having normal, boring fights. Every fight has to mean something.”
If Canelo was to jump up to the heavyweight division, it could set up some mouth-watering clashes against Fury or Joshua.
Fury currently holds the WBC belt after defeating Deontay Wilder while Joshua is set to rematch light-heavyweight king Oleksandr Usyk after the Ukrainian defeated the Brit to claim the IBF, WBA and WBO championships.
Canelo has many options for his next fight, including Bryan who is the regular WBA heavyweight champion.
Canelo is arguably the biggest name in boxing and could even fight Gennady Golovkin in an epic trilogy bout.
Glovkin claimed a draw against Canelo back in September 2017 before the Mexican edged a majority decision 12 months later.
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