Other Sport

Junior wants to make it up to home fans

2017-02-05 06:02
CLOSE Ilunga Makabu stopped Thabiso Mchunu with a KO for the WBC cruiserweight title eliminator at Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC in Durban last May. Picture: Steve Haag / Gallo Images

Ilunga “Junior” Makabu is determined to appease his fellow Congolese fans when he meets German Enad Licina for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Francophone cruiserweight title in Brazzaville, the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC), on March 25.

The last time Makabu fought was in May last year when he suffered an embarrassing third-round knockout defeat at the hands of Englishman Tony Bellew for the WBC cruiserweight crown title at Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool.

So hurt and out-of-sorts was Makabu on the night that he had to be attended to by ring doctors after being pulverised by the more polished Englishman in front of thousands of partisan Everton FC fans.

It will be like homecoming when he meets Licina.

Junior, who was born in Kananga in the DRC and is now based in Johannesburg, has had the majority of his bouts in Gauteng for the past eight years since turning professional in 2008.

He will be slugging it out closer to home when he tackles Licina. This will be his second fight in the DRC since he beat Glen Johnson to win the then vacant WBC international cruiserweight in 2014.

“It will be for the second time that my fellow Congolese fans see me in action at home.

"I’m determined to give them a good match by winning the Francophone title and get back in contention for the WBC title shot,” said Makabu.

Junior has compiled a record of 19 wins and two defeats from 21 professional fights.

He will be up against an experienced campaigner who has chalked up 31 victories and four defeats from 35 bouts.

Licina holds the WBC Mediterranean championship belt which he won by beating Drazan Janjanin from Bosnia-Herzegovina in Germany last February.

He is a good fighter who can throw a big punch.

This has been demonstrated by the fact that he beat 20 of his foes inside the distance.


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.