Who is Ilunga Makabu, Canelo Álvarez’s next rival

His well-earned 28 wins out of 30 fights, including 25 by boxing’s deadliest route: knockout, in the short career of Member Makabu, made the renowned boxing coach Eddy Reynoso and his pupil the Mexican Saul Canelo Alvarez, current undisputed super middleweight champion, set your sights on this African boxer for his fifth title in a category other than his record.

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The challenge was accepted by the athlete, who assured that he will go for victory and demonstrate the power of his fists. “I’m coming for you Canelo, I’m waiting for you to come too. Mexican boxing is tough, but we know where we come from, Africa is also a great jungle “, he said in an interview with Ernesto Amador.

The news of this confrontation made the president of the World Boxing Council (WBC), Mauricio Sulaimán, consider Canelo’s request as something very risky. “It is a totally complicated move. It has already been accepted, but I would like to talk with Canelo, with Eddy. It is a very important risk that is breaking all paradigms. He looks for challenges, but I never saw him coming that way “, he pointed.

Given the expectation that has generated what is already considered one of the most anticipated fights of next 2022, we will tell you who is the rival of the Mexican boxer, who would arrive in the Aztec country to face his opponent possibly at the Azteca Stadium or in Guadalajara, Jalisco.

The boxer assured that in Africa they are also very good on the ring and assured that he will beat Canelo (Photo: Ilunga Makabu / Instagram)

WHO IS ILUNGA MAKABU?

Here’s everything you need to know about this boxer who has held the WBC cruiserweight title since January 2020.

1. WHEN AND WHERE WAS BORN

Ilunga Makabu is a 34-year-old African professional boxer who was born on November 8, 1987 in Kananga, the capital of the Kasai-Central province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

2. THE BEGINNINGS OF HIS CAREER

His debut as a professional boxer took place on June 20, 2008. The fight was not what was expected, as he lost to South African boxer Khayeni Hlungwane at the Carousel Hotel & Casino in Temba in the North West province.

3. FIRST VICTORY

After his unfortunate debut, he managed to overcome and have his first victory on September 13, 2008, defeating Zimbabwean boxer Elvis Moyo by TKO in the first round.

In his career of more than a decade, he has had only two defeats (Photo: Ilunga Makabu / Instagram)
In his career of more than a decade, he has had only two defeats (Photo: Ilunga Makabu / Instagram)

4. SINGLE DEFEATS

The first was by technical knockout in 2008, during his debut against South African Khayeni Hlungwane. The second setback was against Britain’s Tony Bellew in May 2016 when he was seeking the title he currently holds.

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5. WINNING STREAK

Makabu has won nine consecutive fights since 2016, something that has led him to be considered one of the best in the ring.

6. PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Illunga is 1.83 meters tall, which allows him to have a range of 188 centimeters. His body weight ranges between 79.4 and 90.7 kilograms.

The fighter during his training (Photo: Ilunga Makabu / Instagram)
The fighter during his training (Photo: Ilunga Makabu / Instagram)

7. WHEN WAS YOUR LAST FIGHT?

The last time he stepped into the ring was against the Nigerian Olanrewaju Durodola in December 2020, a fight where he knocked him out in the seventh round. It is worth saying that Makabu has not been in a ring for more than a year.

8. ONE OF THE BEST CRUISES

According to the ranking prepared by ESPN, Illunga Makabu is listed as the fourth best exponent of cruises.

9. NEVER FIGHTED IN AMERICA

The African boxer has never made any exhibition on the American continent, since all his meetings have been in Europe and the African continent.

The boxer has become a legend on the African continent (Photo: Ilunga Makabu / Instagram)
The boxer has become a legend on the African continent (Photo: Ilunga Makabu / Instagram)

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