WBC cruiserweight titleholder Ilunga Makabu will defend his belt in a rematch against silver champion Thabiso Mchunu tonight.
Congo-born Makabu makes the second defence of his belt since winning it against Michal Cieslak in January 2020. He knocked out Olanrewaju Durodola in his first defence, but didn’t fight for the whole of 2021.
Makabu was linked to fight undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez with the pair even facing off at a WBC convention, but talks of the fight have since died down.
Mchunu fought Makabu for the first time in 2015, being knocked out in the 11th round. The South African first challenged for a world title the following year but was stopped by Oleksandr Usyk.
And here is your ringside guide to tonight’s fights…
Full fight card
Ilunga Makabu vs. Thabiso Mchunu for WBC cruiserweight title
Trevor Bryan vs. Jonathan Guidry for WBA world heavyweight title
Alonzo Butler vs. Ahmed Hefny
Johnnie Langston vs. Nick Kisner
Jaymon Woods vs. Shawn Miller
Cody Wilson vs. Tre’seasn Wiggins
Michael Moore vs. Anthony Leak
What time will the fights start?
Coverage of the fights will start at around 1 am UK time with the main event likely to start 4 or 5am. These times are subject to change depending on how the undercard unfolds.
How to watch via TV and live stream
The event will be shown live on FITE TV and cost roughly £11.
You can purchase the event here and watch it via online browser or the FITE TV app.
Makabu – 4/7
Mchunu – 5/4
Makabu : “I’m very thankful for this opportunity to be here today in front of you guys. I’m very thankful to Don King Productions for making this event happen because plenty of events have been disturbed by Covid.
“I’m very happy to be here and to have the opportunity to defend our title on January 29. I just want to say good luck to my opponent Thabiso Mchunu because this is the second time I’m fighting him now.
“Thanks to all who come to support us. Thanks to my team. Enjoy the fight on the 29 th .”
Mchunu : “The hard work has been done. Come fight night, I am ready to go. All the best to everyone who is fighting on Saturday night.”