Ilunga Makabu Defeats Thabiso Mchunu, Looking To Still Fight Canelo Alvarez

Ilunga Makabu is on his way to the biggest, most lucrative fight of his career against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez this year after retaining his WBC cruiserweight championship against Thabiso Mchunu on Saturday night at the Packard Music Hall in Warren, Ohio.

The Congolese fighter (29-2, 25 KOs) won the fight via split decision. One judge scored it 115-113 for the champ, the second gave it 115-113 for the challenger, while the last one scored it 116-112 for Makabu.

Many social media users were quick to criticize the third judge’s scorecard as they believe a fight as close as this should not have such distance between the scores.

Mchunu, who was visibly a better, well-rounded fighter in the bout, was in disbelief after the results were announced. He shoved away Makabu when the WBC titlist tried to hug him after the fight.

In the post-fight interview, Makabu broke down his gameplan.

“Today, I didn’t come for a knockout,” he said. “I just came to box, to show him that I can box because my next fight with Saul ‘Canelo,’ I’m going to box and knock you out, baby!”

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