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Mairis Briedis vs Ilunga Makabu preview
When is Briedis vs Makabu?
Mairis Briedis could face the challenge of Ilunga Makabu in Autumn/Fall 2023 in Latvia.
The fight would be contested over 12 rounds in the Cruiserweight division, which means the weight limit would be 200 pounds (14.3 stone or 90.7 KG).
Briedis vs Makabu stats
Mairis Briedis would step into the ring with a record of 28 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 20 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Ilunga Makabu would make his way to the ring with a record of 29 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, with 25 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggest Makabu would have advantage in power over Briedis, with a 86% knock out percentage over Briedis' 71%.
Mairis Briedis is the older man by 3 years, at 38 years old.
Briedis has a height advantage of 1 inch over Makabu. This also extends to a 1-inch reach advantage.
Mairis Briedis fights out of the orthodox stance, while Ilunga Makabu is a southpaw.
Briedis is currently arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 2 less fights, and made his debut in 2009, 1 year and 3 months later than Makabu, whose first professional fight was in 2008. He has fought 2 more professional rounds, 167 to Makabu's 165.
Mairis Briedis goes into the fight ranked number 11 by the WBA, 10 by the WBO, 4 by the IBF and 2 by the RING at cruiserweight.
Ilunga Makabu is currently ranked number 2 by the WBC and 5 by the RING in the 200lb division.
Briedis vs Makabu form
Briedis has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight, he lost to Jai Opetaia on 2nd July 2022 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Cruiserweight and The Ring Cruiserweight championship fight at Gold Coast Convention Centre, Queensland, Australia.
Previous to that, he had beat Artur Mann on 16th October 2021 by technical knockout in the 3rd round in their IBF World Cruiserweight championship fight at Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia.
Going into that contest, he had won against Yuniel Dorticos on 26th September 2020 by majority decision in their IBF World Cruiserweight and The Ring Cruiserweight championship fight at Plazamedia Broadcasting Center, Munich, Germany.
Before that, he had beat Krzysztof Glowacki on 15th June 2019 by technical knockout in the 3rd round in their WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia.
He had defeated Noel ‘Gevor’ Mikaelian on 10th November 2018 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at UIC Pavilion, Illinois, United States.
Makabu has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight, he lost to Badou Jack on 26th February 2023 by technical knockout in the 12th round in their WBC World Cruiserweight championship fight at Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
Previous to that, he had won against Thabiso Mchunu on 29th January 2022 by split decision in their WBC World Cruiserweight championship fight at Packard Music Hall, Ohio, United States.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Olanrewaju Durodola on 19th December 2020 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBC World Cruiserweight championship fight at Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic Of The Congo.
Before that, he had beat Michal Cieslak on 31st January 2020 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Cruiserweight championship fight at Kinshasa, Congo, The Democratic Republic of The.
He had won against Aleksei Papin on 24th August 2019 by majority decision in their 12 round contest at Traktor Sport Palace, Chelyabinsk, Russia.
In terms of recent activity, Ilunga Makabu has been fighting more than Mairis Briedis.
Mairis Briedis last fought 8 months and 25 days ago, while Ilunga Makabu's last outing was 1 month and 1 day ago.
Briedis' last 5 fights have come over a period of 4 years, 4 months and 17 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 10 months and 15 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 42 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 8.4 rounds on average.
Makabu's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 7 months and 3 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 8 months and 19 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 55 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 11 rounds on average.
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