Eddie Hearn Weighs In on Canelo Alvarez and Oleksandr Usyk’s Potential Cruiserweight Matchup

Published 12/15/2021, 6:00 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 29: Eddie Hearn, boxing promoter speaks to the media during the Vasiliy Lomachenko and Luke Campbell press conference in the lead up to there WBC, WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Title Fight at the Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel on August 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)


Canelo Alvarez drew countless eyeballs towards himself with a terrific win over Caleb Plant in the undisputed title fight. Post this, the p4p king garnered even more attention by announcing his move up to the cruiserweight frame to challenge the WBC cruiserweight champ, Ilunga Makabu.

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Subsequently, there have been many rumors regarding Canelo taking on the other champions of this weight class. Moreover, many fans even expressed their interest in seeing the Mexican superstar take on the ex-cruiserweight king, Oleksandr Usyk.

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The unified heavyweight champion shed some light on his interest in battling Alvarez at the Cruiserweight frame. Citing all this, Canelo’s ex-promoter, Eddie Hearn, spilled the beans on a potential fight between the two.

Speaking to iFL TV, he said, “I think Canelo would fight Usyk. I mean, I think, obviously, it’d have to be an agreeable weight, and I can’t see Oleksandr Usyk coming back down to Cruiserweight.”

“But I personally feel, I know there’s discussions about Canelo and Makabu, I personally think that Canelo Alvarez should look to become undisputed at 175, I think he can do it.”

Usyk is on his pathway to becoming the undisputed heavyweight king. As a result, a fight between him and Canelo seems unlikely because ‘The Cat’ needs to prepare for the likes of Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.

Also, Canelo needs to beat Makabu first to help talks about a fight against the Ukrainian gather steam.

Canelo Alvarez – A favorite over Ilunga Makabu

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Canelo Alvarez is at that stage of his career where he walks in as a true favorite in any fight he takes on. However, as it will be his maiden trip to 200 lbs, anything could happen.

Nov 6, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Canelo Alvarez (gold/white trunks) knocks down Caleb Plant (white/gray trunks) during their undisputed super middleweight world championship boxing match at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Because of his super aggressive yet tactical boxing skills, he will be a favorite to beat Ilunga Makabu and become a five-division world champion.

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As Alvarez is hungry, it will be interesting to see how the p4p star adapts to the cruiserweight frame to achieve his goals. Do you think if Alvarez beats Makabu, he can challenge Usyk?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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