Ilunga ‘Junior Makabu’s manager Tarik Saadi has urged Tony Bellew’s fans to be out in force on May 29 after the Briton announced his upcoming vacant WBC title challenge this week.
Bellew and Makabu square-off for the belt previously taken from injured Grigory Drozd in a contest that hands ‘The Bomber’ home advantage at Everton Football Club’s Goodison Park stadium on bank holiday weekend.
Despite Makabu facing the lion’s den at the ground Bellew has been a supporter since childhood, Saadi believes the Merseysider will need all the help he can get when tackling the dangerous punching southpaw.
“Tony Bellew has his wish of fighting at Goodison Park on May 29 and this is good for us – no problem,” Saadi exclusively told World Boxing News.
“We would have faced Bellew anywhere, everywhere and at any time, so may the best fighter win.
“One thing I would like to do is to tell all the fans of Bellew that is it necessary to come in very, very big numbers because he will need it on the 29th of May.
“We know what we possess for this fight and we know that Makabu will be walking away from the venue as the WBC cruiserweight champion of the world. We have no doubts of this,” he added.
Makabu lost via knockout on his pro debut back in 2008, but since then has won all 19 of his bouts with only one opponent, European title challenger Dmytro Kucher, managing to go the full twelve round distance with the Congan.
With nine victories coming in the first two rounds, Makabu has a reputation for being a big hitter, as does Bellew, which is why the general consensus is that the encounter will not hear the final bell next month.