The Congolese, South African based Ilunga Junior Makabu (29-2, 25 KO) retained his WBC cruiserweight world title by defeating South African Thabiso Mchunu (23-6, 13 KO) via a split decision victory.
This was the second defense of this WBC world title and the fight took place at the Packard Music Hall in Ohio, and was promoted by Don King, the infamous one time promoter of Mike Tyson.
Judges’ scorecards; Jamie Garayua 116-112, Nathan Palmer 113-115, Stave Weisfeld 115-113
In the post-fight interview, the champion called out Canelo Alvarez and reflected on his win – In my next fight against Canelo, I’m going to box and I’m going to knock him out’
“I had already beaten Thabiso and now I did it again. I wasn’t coming for the knockout. I was just coming here to box and win.”