World Boxing Council cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu (28-2, 25 knockouts) made his first successful title defense by knocking out Olanrewaju Durodola in the seventh round in late December in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and now he wants another fight on home turf.
Makabu had a difficult path to achieve his dream. In 2016 he fell against Englishman Tony Bellew, with the WBC Green and Gold Belt at stake. In spite of him dropping Bellew to the canvas in the first round, an oversight by Makabu and an accurate blow from Tony, dished him the defeat.
However, Makabu did not give up. He had to start all over again to work his way to the world title, as he would not let a defeat destroy his dream.
After garnering major triumphs, his moment of consecration came on January 31, 2020, when Makabu defeated previously undefeated Michal Cieslak in a bout for the vacant cruiserweight world title.
Makabu showed that, despite having a setback, he fought and worked hard to overcome all obstacles until he achieved his greatest dream, to conquer the green and gold belt of the WBC.
The Governor of Haut-Katanga, one of the most important cities in the Republic of Congo, Jacques Kyabula Katwe, had a meeting with the champion Makabu and his team, where in addition to congratulating them for the achievements, he offered them all the support to carry out the next defense in this city, in the first half of the year.