Big-hitting Ilunga Makabu will be looking to bang his way to another World Title shot when he challenges Russian KO King Dmitry Kudryashov in Ekaterinburg on Sunday 16th June.

Makabu, who hails from the DR of Congo, was defeated by Tony Bellew in a previous World Championship challenge.

But the winner of this weekend’s vacant WBC Silver Cruiserweight Title looks certain to get a crack at the bigger prize.

Here is your chance to get to know a little bit more about Makabu, with our fact file on the man who has KO’d 23 of his 24 victims:

1) He now lives in South Africa and is trained by Damien Durandt, son of the late Nick Durandt, South Africa boxing’s greatest ever trainer.

2) He disputes a 29 second KO loss against Khayeni Hlungwane on his debut in 2008 because he couldn’t speak English at the time. He didn’t understand the referee’s count and blames that for his loss after he took a knee.

3) Ilunga’s younger brother is Scottish-based Heavyweight Martin Bakole. Martin claims Ilunga used to beat him up in sparring so he could develop.


4) His father Makabu Foreman is head of Kananga province in DR Congo. Ilunga is heir to the throne. Ilunga is one of 10 children (five boys and five girls).

5) His record is 24-2, but he claims to have had eight more professional fights in his homeland before moving to South Africa in 2006. He says he won all 12 amateur bouts by KO.

6) Makabu has only fought in his DR Congo homeland twice and was due to box there last month against Mike Perez, but the fight was scrapped the day before they were due to meet.

7) He has a bizarre ritual of doing his running in the middle of the night at either 1am or 4am and runs for 90 minutes a time.