Ilunga Makabu To Defend WBC Title Against Thabiso Mchunu In Rematch
WBC Cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu (28-2, 25 KO) will defend his title against Thabiso Mchunu (23-5, 13 KO) soon.
A date and location for the all-Africa affair haven’t yet been announced.
The WBC has ordered Don King Promotions and Titov Promotions to reach an agreement for the title fight. This will help the promotions avoid the purse bid scheduled for tomorrow.
Don King doesn’t have the best reputation in the boxing industry. Hence, fights promoted by the veteran promoter are not final until both men are in the ring.
The last time Makabu and Mchunu clashed dates back to 2015 when the current champ knocked out the now mandatory challenger in the 11th round while down on two cards.
Makabu then lost to Tony Bellew, but regained his form soon after to win the next nine fights on the trot. He won the now-vacant title with a decision over Michal Cieslak. The 33-year-old stopped Olanrewaju Durodola in his first title defense.
Mchunu is coming off his fourth win in a row since dropping a decision to Thomas Oosthuizen.
The wins included denying Denis Lebedev a comeback and bossing the ring against Olympic gold medalist Evgeny Tischenko.