Ju­nior wants to make it up to home fans

CityPress - - Sport - PULE MOKHINE pmokhine@city­press.co.za

Ilunga “Ju­nior” Mak­abu is deter­mined to ap­pease his fel­low Con­golese fans when he meets Ger­man Enad Lic­ina for the va­cant World Box­ing Coun­cil (WBC) Fran­co­phone cruis­er­weight title in Braz­zav­ille, the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo(DRC), on March 25.

The last time Mak­abu fought was in May last year when he suf­fered an em­bar­rass­ing third-round knock­out de­feat at the hands of English­man Tony Bellew for the WBC cruis­er­weight crown title at Good­i­son Park Sta­dium in Liver­pool.

So hurt and out-of-sorts was Mak­abu on the night that he had to be at­tended to by ring doc­tors after be­ing pul­verised by the more pol­ished English­man in front of thou­sands of par­ti­san Ever­ton FC fans.

It will be like home­com­ing when he meets Lic­ina.

Ju­nior, who was born in Kananga in the DRC and is now based in Jo­han­nes­burg, has had the ma­jor­ity of his bouts in Gaut­eng for the past eight years since turn­ing pro­fes­sional in 2008.

He will be slug­ging it out closer to home when he tack­les Lic­ina. This will be his sec­ond fight in the DRC since he beat Glen John­son to win the then va­cant WBC in­ter­na­tional cruis­er­weight in 2014.

“It will be for the sec­ond time that my fel­low Con­golese fans see me in ac­tion at home. I’m deter­mined to give them a good match by win­ning the Fran­co­phone title and get back in con­tention for the WBC title shot,” said Mak­abu.

Ju­nior has com­piled a record of 19 wins and two de­feats from 21 pro­fes­sional fights. He will be up against an ex­pe­ri­enced cam­paigner who has chalked up 31 vic­to­ries and four de­feats from 35 bouts.

Lic­ina holds the WBC Mediter­ranean cham­pi­onship belt which he won by beat­ing Drazan Jan­janin from Bos­ni­aHerze­gov­ina in Ger­many last Fe­bru­ary.

He is a good fighter who can throw a big punch.

This has been demon­strated by the fact that he beat 20 of his foes inside the dis­tance.

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