Former two division champion David Haye believes WBC beltholder Ilunga Makabu is the perfect cruiserweight opponent for Mexican superstar Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.
Back in November, Canelo's handlers requested permission to move up by two weight divisions to challenge Makabu for his title.
Canelo, who is currently the undisputed world champion at the super middleweight limit of 168, has never fought beyond the light heavyweight limit of 175. The cruiserweight limit is 200.
Makabu is scheduled to make a mandatory defense against Thibaso Mchunu later this month.
Canelo is slated to return on Cinco De Mayo weekend.
As the weeks play out, it appears Canelo is now leaning away from heading to cruiserweight and may instead remain at super middleweight to make a defense against Jermall Charlo, who currently holds the WBC middleweight title.
If the Mexican star decides to make the big jump, Haye believes Makabu is the safest option among the top cruiserweights in the division.
“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. The WBC title, Makabu holds that belt, and of all the cruiserweights, I’d recommend Makabu as the one," Haye said to Fight Hub.
“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.”