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Ilunga Makabu to Badou Jack: “I’m going to break you”

Ilunga Makabu and Don King

WBC cruiserweight champion Ilunga Junior Makabu 29-2 (25) will make the third defence of his crown when he takes on former WBC super middleweight and WBA light heavyweight champion Badou Jack 27-3-3 (16) at Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia on Sunday night.

The bout will take place on the undercard of the the fight between popular YouTuber Jake ‘The Problem Child’ Paul 6-0 (4) and Tommy ‘TNT’ Fury 8-0 (4), the younger half brother of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

The 35-year-old Makabu has largely flown under the radar of Western fight fans with just one of his bouts taking place in the United States, a 12-round split decision victory over Thabsio Mchunu in January last year.

In his lone trip to the United Kingdom seven years ago Makabu was stopped by Tony Bellew in three in a fight for the vacant WBC belt.  The Congolese southpaw has gone undefeated ever since.

At six-foot tall Makabu isn’t the tallest cruiserweight but he is accustomed to boxing bigger men. Jack will have a one-inch height advantage over him but will also be giving away one-inch in reach.

As a natural 200-pounder, Makabu believes he will be able to out-muscle his man, bust him up and stop him.

“I want Badou to keep one thing in mind: I’m going to break your nose, I’m going to break your jaw, I’m going to break your ribs,” said Makabu, who was once linked to fight with Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 58-2-2 (39).

“I’ve been world champion for many years. I’m a dangerous boxer. There’s no way Badou can take my punch. I’ll go back home and still WBC champion.”

Jack, 39, who boxes out of Sweden, has not fought for a world title in more than three years and has not held a world title since 2017. But the veteran is confident he still has enough left in the tank to have his hand raised at the final bell.

“I’m here to take his belt. I’m here to become the first Muslim fighter to become a world champion in Saudi,” he said. “So I’m here to make history. Everybody got a plan until they get hit, so I’m glad that he’s confident.

“I still feel young. I feel fresh. I want to keep going. I’m here to make history. Some people win world titles in one weight class, I’ve won one in two weight classes and I’m coming for the third. And the new.”