Kinshasa, Congo, The Democratic Republic of The
Current rankings @ Cruiserweight
Ilunga Makabu vs Ryad Merhy preview
When is Makabu vs Merhy?
Ilunga Makabu could take on Ryad Merhy in Autumn/Fall 2023 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, 3 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 31 wins, 1 loss 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 84%.
Ilunga Makabu is the older man by 5 years, at 35 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 the more experienced professional fighter, having had the same amount of fights, and made his debut in 2008, 5 years earlier than Merhy, whose first professional fight was in 2013. He has fought 10 more professional rounds, 165 to Merhy's 155.
Ilunga Makabu goes into the fight ranked number 2 by the WBC and 5 by the RING at cruiserweight.
Makabu vs Merhy form
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 beat 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 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.
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 defeated Aleksei Papin on 24th August 2019 by majority decision in their 12 round contest at Traktor Sport Palace, Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Merhy has won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 4 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight, he won against 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.
Previous to 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.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Cesar David Crenz on 4th May 2019 by knockout in the 3rd round at Spiroudome Arena, Hainaut.
Before that, he had beat Samuel Clarkson on 15th December 2018 by knockout in the 4th round at Spiroudome Arena, Hainaut.
He had won against Demetrius Banks on 20th October 2018 by unanimous decision in their 8 round contest at Country Hall de Liège, Liege.
In terms of recent activity, Ilunga Makabu has been fighting more than Ryad Merhy.
Ilunga Makabu last fought 25 days ago, while Ryad Merhy's last outing was 1 year, 8 months and 6 days ago.
Makabu's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 6 months and 27 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 8 months and 18 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 55 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 11 rounds on average.
Merhy's last 5 fights have come over a period of 4 years, 5 months and 3 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 10 months and 19 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 30 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 6 rounds on average.
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