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David Haye urges Canelo Alvarez to chase cruiserweight fight with Junior Makabu

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Saúl Canelo Alvarez vs. Ilunga Makabu Alma Montiel / WBC

Junior Makabu is the “perfect fight” for Canelo Alvarez at crusierweight. That’s the opinion of David Haye, a former world champion at the weight Canelo is considering moving to in 2022. At the WBC convention last year, the Mexican icon posed for multiple photos with Makabu and made it clear that he intended to challenge the Congolese puncher for his world title. 

A fighter very much in demand, Canelo, boxing’s biggest draw, has several options this year due to his ability to compete anywhere between middleweight and 200lbs. As well as Makabu, Canelo has also been linked to fights with Jermall Charlo, David Benavidez and several light-heavyweights. Haye believes the Makabu test is one he should pursue. 

“I think it’s a great fight; I think it’s a perfect fight if Canelo is going to dip his toe into the cruiserweight division,” said David Haye when speaking to Fight Hub

“The WBC title, Makabu holds that belt, and of all the cruiserweights, I’d recommend Makabu as the one. 

“He’s a guy that is not as naturally big as the other cruiserweights. He’s not a Lawrence Okolie who could comfortably fight at heavyweight. So, it’s the perfect storm having Makabu as the WBC champion.  It makes for a fight that is quite easy to make and a fight that the fans would be very intrigued and excited about.” 

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