Canelo Says He was Blindsided By Reynoso’s Cruiserweight Request

Even Canelo Alvarez didn’t seem to know that a cruiserweight leap was in sight for his career.

After uniting the 168 pound division on November 6 with a break at the Caleb factory, Alvarez shocked the boxing world a few weeks later when his longtime trainer and manager Eddy Reynoso asked the WBC to allow his protégé to fight for a title in cruiserweight. The WBC unceremoniously approved the application and triggered shock waves across the industry.

It turned out that Alvarez was just as stunned as everyone else.

“I didn’t even know about it,” Alvarez (57-1-2, 39 KOs) told World Boxing News. “I heard about what Eddy did on social media.”

However, Alvarez, who has amassed 154, 160, 168 and 175 titles, found that he is more than ready to take on any challenge his coach poses – as ambitious as it may be.

“As I always say,” Alvarez continued, “when Eddy says something or tries to do something crazy, I’m always there. I am his warrior. “

“He called me afterwards [the announcement]and I said, ‘OK whatever you want. I never thought (about cruiserweight). Eddy always thinks about things, but I never thought about them. “

The cruiser weight limit is 200 pounds; Alvarez has fought mostly in and around the 160 pound mark for most of his career.

Reynoso specifically requested a cruiserweight title fight against the powerful Congolese southpaw Ilunga Makabu, who holds the WBC cruiserweight in hand and has strung nine wins in a row since his knockout loss to Tony Bellew in 2016.

However, Alvarez warned that the fight is far from over. Alvarez is a free agent while Makabu (28-2, 25 KOs) is promoted by Don King. In addition, Makabu has more immediate business to do. He will face Thabiso Mchunu (23-5, 13 KO’s) on January 29 at Packard Music Hall in Warren, Ohio, in a rematch of the 2015 duel that Makabu won by technical knockout in the 11th round. WBC boss Mauricio Sulaiman has announced that the winner of this fight will face Alvarez.

“It’s not finished yet,” said Alvarez of his potential cruiserweight advance. “We want to see it, we want to try it, but it’s not done yet. So we will see what to expect in January. “

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