Canelo Alvarez vs. Ilunga Makabu Not Happening, Confirms Promoter

Published 01/13/2022, 2:37 AM EST
May 7, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Boxer Canelo Alvarez poses for the fans with his title belts during weigh ins for his super middleweight boxing title fight against Billy Joe Saunders at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is boxing’s most sought-after property right now. The Mexican pound-for-pound king had a record-breaking 2021, ending the year on a high. After becoming the first-ever ‘undisputed’ super-middleweight champion in November, his eyes are set on making history in 2022.

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Canelo made it clear that his sole aim moving forward would be to keep making history. To do this, he wanted to move up another weight class and challenge the WBC cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu.

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After months of speculations, discussions, and rumors, promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed that the fight will not take place in May.

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“I think so, but I mean he’s got his mandatory as well and I don’t think that would be the May fight. But it might be and I’m sure plenty of other offers Eddie Reynoso’s had as well. So we’ll be making our bid if you like or our suggestion and hopefully, uh, be great to work with them again.” 

Canelo has a lot of options in other weight divisions, including light-heavyweight and middleweight. With so many options to choose from, it will be interesting to see who Alvarez will challenge next.

Most recently, Canelo and Jermall Charlo have been in the news for a possible fight.

Canelo Alvarez looks to take on Jermall Charlo in May 2022

Cinco De Mayo weekend is synonymous with Canelo Alvarez fights. The Mexican king, who loves to put on a show for his fellow Mexicans on one of their biggest festivals, always fights top opponents on the occasion. In 2022, he may take on the WBA middleweight champion Jermall Charlo on Cinco De Mayo weekend.

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ESPN journalist Mike Coppinger was the first to break the news to the fans on an episode of ESPN’s ‘State Of Boxing’ podcast.

“I’m not so sure that Canelo [Alvarez] is going to be fighting at cruiserweight or against [llunga] Makabu. I’m hearing that it’s much more likely that he’s going to fight Jermall Charlo on Cinco de Mayo. There are talks right now for that fight,” Coppinger confirmed.

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Loyola College, Allan fuses his love for literature and the sport of boxing to deliver quality copies about 'The Sweet Science.' Allan is a semi-professional soccer player for Diego Juniors FC.

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