On this coming Sunday (29th) as part of a boxing double header in the UK sees popular boxer and movie star Tony Bellew make his first attempt at a world title at cruiserweight . Tony shall be facing one of the most avoided fighters in the division in Ilunga Makabu for the Vacant WBC cruiserweight title.
The fight shall be taking place in the city of Liverpool at Goodison Park the home of Tony’s boyhood football team Everton. The fight will be shown live on SKY SPORTS from 6pm.
When this fight was first announced the so called “hardcore” fans were jumping on the bandwagon of Makabu is a huge puncher and that Tony would be getting knocked out early. Mainly in my opinion due to the fact Tony is a Marmite figure within UK boxing some love him and some hate him.
But in terms of the fight itself from what I have seen of Makabu he is an awkward southpaw and yes he is a big puncher with very good selection. One thing which I have noticed almostinstantly is that he does stand very square on in the pocket with a gaurd just protecting the chin with a big gap which can be hit through by most cruiserweights. I can see this fight not being a boxing match in terms of high quality but a battle of wills and who wants the most.
One thing which is heavy in Tony’s favor is the quality of opposition faced even from his light heavyweight days where he has proved he can hang with the best in the weight division at either weight. Tony may not be a brutal puncher but he does process good power which will disturb opposition game plans and Tony’s actual boxing skills are under rated in my opinion . However I do feel he does switch off in some rounds but as he has shown if in danger he will bite down on his gumshield and fight till he can no longer do so.
It shall promise to be a fantastic event for the city of Liverpool on the back of the Rocky spin off Creed where Tony played a leading role in the film as Ricky Conlon. Which to his credit has boosted his profile ten fold globally.
The undercard also has the usual suspects in the smith brothers except Liam smith . Sean Dodd also stars amongst others.