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 has now had just meet with the country`s President.
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. Despite dropping Bellew in the first round, an oversight by Makabu and an accurate blow from Tony, dealt him defeat.
However, Makabu refused to give up. He had to start all over again to work his way to the world title. 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.
Makabu was received by the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Félix Tshisekedi, to whom he gave his gloves with which he defeated Durodola.
President Tshisekedi recognized Ilunga, not only for bringing pride and joy to the country, but for being an exemplary citizen.