Watch!! Makabu vs Mchunu 2 Fight Live Stream
Makabu has been linked with a fight against Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez at some point in 2022, but that can only happen he gets past Mchunu. A loss to the South African would almost certainly take Makabu out of the running for a 'big money' fight with the world's best pound-for-pound fighter.
Can Mchunu produce the performance of his career and ruin Makabu's plans, or will the reigning champion take another step towards a potential showdown with Canelo?
Here's everything you need to know about Makabu vs. Mchunu.
WHEN IS MAKABU VS. MCHUNU? DATE, START TIME
Date: Saturday, January 29
Main card: 8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. GMT
Main event ringwalks (approx): 11 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. GMT
The main card gets underway at 8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. GMT with the main event ringwalks scheduled for 11 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. GMT. These timings are subject to change due to the length of the undercard bouts.
WHAT CHANNEL/STREAM IS MAKABU VS. MCHUNU?
U.S.: Fite TV
UK: Fite TV
The fight will be streamed live on Fite TV in both the U.S. and UK. Check the Fite website for availability in all other countries.
WHERE IS THE MAKABU VS. MCHUNU FIGHT?
The fight will take place at the Packard Music Hall in Warren, Ohio.
ILUNGA JUNIOR MAKABU RECORD AND BIO
Nationality: Democratic Republic of Congo
Date of Birth: November 8, 1987
Height: 6' 0"
Total Fights: 30
Record: 28-2 (25 KOs)
THABISO MCHUNU RECORD AND BIO
Nationality: South Africa
Date of Birth: March 4, 1998
Height: 5' 11"
Total Fights: 28
Record: 23-5 (13 KOs)
MAKABU VS. MCHUNU FIGHT CARD
Ilunga Makabu vs. Thabiso Mchunu; WBC cruiserweight title
Trevor Bryan vs. Jonathan Guidry; WBA world heavyweight title
Alonzo Butler vs. Ahmed Hefny; NABA gold heavyweight title
Johnnie Langston vs. Nick Kisner; NABA cruiserweight title
Jaymon Woods vs. Shawn Miller; Cruiserweight
Cody Wilson vs. Tre'seasn Wiggins; NABA welterweight title
Michael Moore vs. Anthony Leak; NABA middleweight title
Ilunga Makabu and Trevor Bryan both defend their world titles on a Don King-promoted bill.
WBC world cruiserweight champion Illunga Makabu returns to action tonight when he defends his belt against mandatory challenger Thabiso Mchunu.
Coming into this fight on the back of a seventh-round stoppage against Olanrewaju Durodola last month, Makabu will be hoping to produce a similar performance in Warren, Ohio.
If the Congolese fighter is able to get the victory, he may be set for a big money clash with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez later this year — the Mexican is rumoured to be considering a move up to cruiserweight.
This isn't the only world title fight on the bill, however. Trevor Bryan is also in action, defending his WBA 'regular' heavyweight title against the undefeated Jonathan Guidry.
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