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Eddie Hearn hails Canelo's cruiserweight switch

Eddie Hearn has praised Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez for making the decision to move to the cruiserweight division.

The Mexican fighter recently became the undisputed super-middleweight champion after beating Caleb Plant and will now fight world champion Ilunga Makabu in the higher weight division, much to Hearn's delight.

The promoter - who has previously worked with Canelo - told IFL TV: "I think with Canelo and Eddie Reynoso, they want challenges. They want to dare to be great which is tremendous for the sport. The Makabu fight is a cruiserweight fight that would give him another world championship victory, would get a lot of people talking as it did last night, and I think it’s a good option for him."

Hearn believes that the clash is a "dangerous" challenge for Canelo to take on.

He said: "I think it’s a dangerous fight. I was speaking to Tony Bellew – who could be looking real good in a few months if this happens – and he said that Makabu is a huge puncher, huge puncher, and very strong."

Hearn even claimed that Canelo could compete in the heavyweight division.

The promoter explained: "Listen, he could move up and fight at heavyweight. I mean, Usyk’s not a massive heavyweight, Trevor Bryant’s a world champion as well. Can he compete against those guys? Cruiserweight first, maybe. But I like the fight against Makabu. I think it’s a dangerous fight, I think it’s an exciting fight and as I said, Saul and Eddy are interested in making history. They’re not interested in having normal, boring fights. Every fight has to mean something."

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