The WBC cruiserweight champion, Ilunga Makabu, has responded to Saul Canelo Alvarez’s challenge.
After Eddy Reynoso requested an opportunity for Canelo to challenge for the 200-pound title, the boxer from the Democratic Republic of Congo said that the Mexican would enter a “jungle”.
“I’m coming for you Canelo, I’m waiting for you to come too,” Makabu said in an interview. “Mexican boxing is tough, but we know where we come from Africa is also a big jungle. I’m coming for you Canelo, I’m waiting for you to come too.”
Makabu attended the World Boxing Council Convention in Mexico City. The cruiserweight champion said Alvarez will be welcome in his division after unifying the super middleweight championships.
“Welcome, I am a champion and I also like to fight with the best,” Makabu said. “I accept the challenge to fight Canelo. You are welcome to challenge me. Canelo is not a small fighter, he is a superstar and I respect him. I would like him to come to my division for the challenge. I will show him that this division is different.”
The cruiserweight champion does not care about the opinions that put Canelo as the favourite. For that reason, he affirmed that he will beat Canelo and that all Mexican fans will see it.
“I tell all Africans that after Canelo has challenged me. I will bring the victory,” he said . “This fight will be a great fight, and we will show you (fans) a good fight.”
Makabu is a 34-year-old professional boxer from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and has gone from strength to strength in recent years.
Despite missing out on the WBC cruiserweight title in 2016 against Tony Bellew, he was able to defeat Poland’s Michal Cieslak in January 2021 which set him on his way to becoming WBC cruiserweight champion.
Makabu remains the WBC Cruiserweight champion, but faces his toughest test yet against Alvarez.
Boxing runs in the family of Makabu, with his younger brother Martin Bakole also a professional in the heavyweight category.
Makabu has participated in 30 professional bouts, winning 28 of them – 25 by knockout – and losing twice. – Marca