Ilunga Makabu continues comeback in Zimbabwe on Friday

WBN 23/08/2017

Former WBC cruiserweight title challenger Ilunga ‘Junior’ Makabu fights for the second time this weekend on the back of losing to Tony Bellew in Liverpool.

Makabu, 29, was crushed in three rounds by Bellew at Goodison Park on Merseyside in May 2016 despite beginning the contest as favorite and subsequently spent eleven months out of action.

Bellew has since moved on to heavyweight and left his green and gold belt behind for the number one contender Mairis Briedis to gobble up as Makabu was never in the running for a rematch.

Returning in April to ease passed Chamunorwa Gonorenda via fifth round knockout in his native South Africa, Makabu will bid to make it two in a row at the Rainbow Towers Conference Centre, Harare in Zimbabwe on Friday.

Fighting over eight rounds, Makabu is due to battle Mussa Ajibu as the talented puncher aims to score a 21st career triumph.

Ajibu currently holds a record of 28-9-5 and should be no match for Makabu should the Congan-born fighter harbor any further hopes of a world title shot.

The likes of Murat Gassiev, Oleksandr Usyk and Briedis are currently tied up in the World Boxing Super Series meaning their titles are no longer in play, leaving Makabu to potentially focus on landing a challege against WBA regular ruler Denis Lebedev.