Spring 2024
Potentially

Kinshasa, Congo, The Democratic Republic of The

Potential contest @ Cruiserweight
29-4-0
32-2-0

The tape

36
Age
31
6' 0" / 183 cm
Height
5' 11" / 181 cm
74" / 188 cm
Reach
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Southpaw (L)
Stance
Orthodox (R)

Full record

TKO 3TKO 12SD 12TKO 7UD 12
Form
SD 10UD 12TKO 8KO 7KO 3
29
Wins
32
25
By KO
26
86
KO%
81
4
Losses
2
4
Stopped
1
0
Draws
0
2008
Debut
2013
168
Pro rounds
177

Current rankings @ Cruiserweight

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The Ring
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WBA
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5
WBC
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WBO
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IBF
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Ilunga Makabu vs Ryad Merhy preview


When is Makabu vs Merhy?

Ilunga Makabu could take on Ryad Merhy in Spring 2024 in Kinshasa.

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).

Makabu vs Merhy stats

Ilunga Makabu would step into the ring with a record of 29 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, 25 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.

Ryad Merhy would make his way to the ring with a record of 32 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, with 26 of those wins by knock out.

The stats suggest Makabu would have a slight advantage in power over Merhy, with a 86% knock out percentage over Merhy's 81%.

Ilunga Makabu is the older man by 5 years, at 36 years old.

Makabu has a height advantage of 1 inch over Merhy.

Ilunga Makabu fights out of the southpaw stance, while Ryad Merhy is an orthodox fighter.

Makabu is currently arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 1 less fights, and made his debut in 2008, 5 years earlier than Merhy, whose first professional fight was in 2013. He has fought 9 less professional rounds, 168 to Merhy's 177.

Ilunga Makabu goes into the fight ranked number 5 by the WBC at cruiserweight.

Makabu vs Merhy form

Makabu has beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance twice.

In his last fight, he lost to Noel ‘Gevor’ Mikaelian on 4th November 2023 by technical knockout in the 3rd round in their WBC World Cruiserweight championship fight at Casino Miami Jai Alai, Miami, United States.

Previous to that, he had been beaten by 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.

Going into that contest, he had beat Thabiso Mchunu on 29th January 2022 by split decision in their WBC World Cruiserweight championship fight at Packard Music Hall, Ohio, United States.

Before 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.

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.

Merhy has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 3 of them, going the distance once.

In his last fight, he defeated Tony Yoka on 9th December 2023 by split decision in their 10 round contest at Stade Roland Garros, Paris XVI, France.

Previous to that, he had lost to Kevin Lerena on 13th May 2023 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa.

Going into that contest, he had defeated Zhaoxin Zhang on 17th July 2021 by technical knockout in the 8th round in their WBA World Cruiserweight championship fight at Bruxelles-Capitale, Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium.

Before that, he had won against Imre Szello on 19th October 2019 by knockout in the 7th round in their WBA Interim World Cruiserweight championship fight at Spiroudome Arena, Hainaut.

He had defeated Cesar David Crenz on 4th May 2019 by knockout in the 3rd round at Spiroudome Arena, Hainaut.

Activity check

In terms of recent activity, Ilunga Makabu has been fighting more than Ryad Merhy.

Ilunga Makabu last fought 5 months ago, while Ryad Merhy's last outing was 3 months and 26 days ago.

Makabu's last 5 fights have come over a period of 4 years, 2 months and 4 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 10 months and 1 day. In those fights, he fought a total of 46 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 9.2 rounds on average.

Merhy's last 5 fights have come over a period of 4 years and 11 months, meaning he has been fighting on average every 11 months and 25 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 40 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 8 rounds on average.

What are the odds on Makabu vs Merhy?

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