African hope Ilunga Makabu looks a good bet to knock out Tony BellewPublished May 29, 2016
YouTube is a great tool – when you hear the name of a little-known fighter and you need to find out more for betting purposes, there is usually plenty of video footage available. This is the case when you search for “Ilunga Makabu”, a Congolese fighter who has KO’d 18 of his 19 victims from his 20 professional fights to date.
After watching his knockout wins over American Eric Fields and more lately the South African Thabiso McHunu, it’s clear to see why bookmakers are taking no chances at 4/7 generally for Makabu to get the win against the home fighter on Sunday at Goodison Park.
Tony Bellew is a well documented Everton fan so it’s going to be a huge honour and privilege, along with opportunity, for him to fight for a world title in front of the Everton fans at the team’s own stadium. Being broadcast Live on Sky Sports on Sunday evening, it will also be watched by millions. Bellew is no stranger to the big occasion, but equally there is a lot at stake here and a lot of pressure on him to perform as the main event.
Bellew has had his opportunities in the past in world title fights, and they’re running out. He had his opportunity at light-heavyweight and now he’s got one up at cruiserweight, where he says he feels more comfortable in the ring. He’s going to have to be careful in his work and show some good boxing, solid defence and cagey attack, but it’s a fight he has the capability of winning. Whether he will though is another story.
Ilguna Makabu is a tidy boxer, compact and neat with his defence and sets up stylishly from his jab onto a mean left hook when he catches it in the pocket. Bellew will need to be wary of this punch because if it lands flush, it will undoubtedly rock him.
This is a fascinating match-up between a well touted and dangerous African, versus a respected but ultimately ageing and vulnerable home fighter. Bellew has won his last six, but Makabu is a new, bigger challenge and with a belt on line, perhaps the younger boxer will prove too tough a nut to crack.