Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic Of The Congo
Belts on The Line
Tape rankings @ Cruiserweight
Who won Makabu vs Durodola?
Ilunga Makabu beat Olanrewaju Durodola by technical knockout in the 7th round on Saturday 19th December 2020 at Kinshasa in Kinshasa.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Cruiserweight division, which meant the weight limit was 200 pounds (14.3 stone or 90.7 KG).
This contest was for the WBC cruiserweight championship of the world.
Makabu vs Durodola stats
Ilunga Makabu stepped into the ring with a record of 27 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 24 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Olanrewaju Durodola made his way to the ring with a record of 34 wins, 7 loses and 0 draws, with 31 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Durodola had a slight advantage in power over Makabu, with a 91% knock out percentage over Makabu's 89%.
Ilunga Makabu was the younger man by 7 years, at 34 years old.
Durodola had a height advantage of 2 inches over Makabu. That also extended to a 4-inch reach advantage.
Ilunga Makabu fought out of the southpaw stance, while Olanrewaju Durodola was an orthodox fighter.
Makabu was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 12 less fights, and made his debut in 2008, 2 years and 11 months earlier than Durodola, whose first professional fight was in 2011. He had fought 13 less professional rounds, 141 to Durodola's 154.
Olanrewaju Durodola was ranked number 3 by the WBC in the 200lb division.
Makabu vs Durodola form
Makabu had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight before this 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.
Previous to that, he had defeated Aleksei Papin on 24th August 2019 by majority decision in their 12 round contest at Traktor Sport Palace, Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Going into that contest, he had beat Dmitry Kudryashov on 16th June 2019 by technical knockout in the 5th round at KRK “Uralets”, Ekaterinburg.
Before that, he had won against Taylor Mabika on 25th August 2018 by technical knockout in the 5th round at Grand Hôtel de Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic Of The Congo.
He had been beaten by Tony Bellew on 29th May 2016 by technical knockout in the 3rd round in their WBC World Cruiserweight championship fight at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
Durodola had lost to all of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Michal Cieslak on 31st May 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at MZOS Pruszków, ul. Bohaterów Warszawy 4, Pruszków, Poland.
Previous to that, he had lost to Krzysztof Wlodarczyk on 2nd June 2018 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at G2A Arena, Jasionka 953, Rzeszow.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Maksim Vlasov on 3rd February 2018 by unanimous decision in the 10th round at Bolshoy Ice Dome, Adler, Russia.
Before that, he had lost to Dmitry Kudryashov on 3rd June 2017 by knockout in the 5th round at Sports Palace, Rostov-na-Donu.
Hehad been beaten by Mairis Briedis on 14th May 2016 by technical knockout in the 9th round at Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Ilunga Makabu had been fighting more than Olanrewaju Durodola.
Going to this contest, Ilunga Makabu had last fought 1 year, 11 months and 29 days ago, while Olanrewaju Durodola's last outing had been 2 years, 7 months and 29 days ago.
Makabu's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years and 8 months, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 1 month and 18 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 37 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.4 rounds on average.
Durodola's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 8 months and 15 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 1 month and 21 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 36 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.2 rounds on average.
What time did Makabu vs Durodola start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM UTC at Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic Of The Congo, which was 5:00 PM EST or 2:00 PM PST on the West Coast of America, or 10:00 PM GMT in the UK.
What were the odds on Makabu vs Durodola?
Ilunga Makabu was a 2/25 (-1249) favourite going into the contest, while Olanrewaju Durodola made his way into the ring at 6/1 (+600) with oddsmakers.