Belts on The Line
Current rankings @ Cruiserweight
When is Briedis vs Makabu?
Mairis Briedis could face the challenge of Ilunga Makabu in Summer 2022 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, 2 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 37 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 1 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 14 more professional rounds, 167 to Makabu's 153.
Mairis Briedis goes into the fight ranked number 5 by the WBO, 4 by the IBF and 2 by the RING at cruiserweight.
Ilunga Makabu is currently ranked number 4 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 won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 2 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight, he 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.
Previous to that, he had won against 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.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Michal Cieslak on 31st January 2020 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Cruiserweight championship fight at Kinshasa, Congo, The Democratic Republic of The.
Before that, he had beat Aleksei Papin on 24th August 2019 by majority decision in their 12 round contest at Traktor Sport Palace, Chelyabinsk, Russia.
He had won against Dmitry Kudryashov on 16th June 2019 by technical knockout in the 5th round at KRK “Uralets”, Ekaterinburg.
In terms of recent activity, Ilunga Makabu has been fighting more than Mairis Briedis.
Mairis Briedis last fought 1 month and 14 days ago, while Ilunga Makabu's last outing was 6 months and 18 days ago.
Briedis' last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 9 months and 6 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 9 months and 2 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 and 2 months, meaning he has been fighting on average every 7 months and 19 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 48 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 9.6 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Briedis vs Makabu?
Ilunga Makabu is currently (+100) to win the clash outright, while you can get (+100) on Mairis Briedis if you fancy the incredible upset.